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:bulletpurple: I can't use this! It keeps flashing constantly back and forth!
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:bulletpurple: What is this?
This is clubSEARCH, an interactive search-able database of over 16,000 clubs. If you type in your search criteria into the "Search For" text box and press enter, you will see a list of clubs that match your query (either with their description, user name or key words, depending on which check boxes are selected). You will need to press the "Next Page" button or the right arrow key to see subsequent clubs after the first. On the results page, click the user name or avatar of the club to open a new window. I designed this as an idea for when club accounts are introduced on dA, and also to fill the gap while they are being developed :)

:star: To search for groups, please use groupSEARCH

:bulletpurple: This is kinda neat...
If you felt this search was useful to you, and would like to share it with other users, you may find the following useful:

For signatures and journals copy the following text:
<a href="">clubSEARCH</a> & <a href="">groupSEARCH</a>

Type :thumb93970669: to get

:bulletpurple: How do I add a club to clubSEARCH?
To add a club, please leave the following information in a comment with the EXACT same formatting:
For example:
teentitans@@The largest Teen Titans Club on all DA&&Robin Starfire Raven Beast Boy Cyborg
cartoon-obsessions@@a club dedicated to every toon out there!&&cartoons

You are welcome to list multiple clubs in your comment: one club per line (please do not skip lines).

Please DO NOT include the :icon: or :dev: tags for the club's name in your comment. I will copy and paste your comment directly into my program and these tags will slow me down considerably :(. Also, please do not use the :dev: or :icon: tags in the club's description or keywords for the same reason.

Please note emoticons will not display properly in clubSEARCH and should not be used in the description or key words.

Uhm... I have a long list of clubs I would like to add to clubSEARCH, but I don't want to type out descriptions for each one, can I still add them? If you would like to add a lot of clubs at once without descriptions, please type them out all on one line using the :icon: tag for each. I have a separate file I will paste these clubs into. They will not have key words or descriptions when viewed in clubSEARCH.

For example:

:bulletpurple: How do I edit or remove a club?
How do I edit a club's description or key words? If you have found a club that does not have a description or is lacking keywords, please follow the procedure for adding a club listed above. The program that manages clubSEARCH automatically adds a club with a description over the original entry if the original entry is lacking a description or key words (eg, the club displays "[No Comment]" or "[No Key Words]" in clubSEARCH).

How do I remove a club? If you find any clubs that have been banned please leave a comment with just the user name of the club (WITHOUT the :dev: or :icon: tags). Also, if you run across a club that has clearly stated on their front page journal that they have died or been abandoned, feel free to report these clubs as well. You may report multiple clubs: one per line in your comment (please do not skip lines)

For example:

:bulletpurple: What does "Activity Analysis" mean?
This was a quick reference feature I devised to quickly determine how active a club was at a glance. The colors are assigned as follows:
White: Active in the last week
Light Green: Active within the last month
Dark Green: Active within the last two months
Yellow: Active within the last year
Red: Active over a year ago, but after 2004
Black: Banned, has no journals, or was last active before 2004

:bulletpurple: Known Bugs
The Avatars and Stats won't display! This may be due to your firewall settings. This program communicates with a remote server to load the pages on DeviantART (with clubs stats & avatars). I find that temporarily lowering my firewall security allows me to view these features properly. However, this option may not be the solution for everyone, so I have included a "Basic Display" option on the search page if you do not want to or are not able to see the avatars and stats.

The Avatars and Stats still won't display! Recently, I have found that the server I have my files stored on may also be to blame, which is outside of my control ^^;. You may check the status of the server here: [link] my files are stored on Stoli: the top line of lights. If all the lights on the top row are green... then I blame the internet for not working :shrug:

:bulletpurple: My Comments
:plotting: I thought it was kinda silly that no one had made one of these kind of search engines yet, or at least the ones I found did not seem to have lasted long or listed many users :hmm:. Shortly after I started running #TheList I found myself repeatedly referencing my internal database (used for the programs managing the club) to find clubs. My thoughts: Huh, it'd be neat if other users could access this. It'd be even better if the search could go through a lot of other directories. And I've been planning to learn ActionScript all summer anyway... :)

It'd also be cool if and when club accounts are implemented on dA that an official search engine be available to search through them ;)

More about the search itself:
The search is not case sensitive. It considers a partial hit a successful hit (eg if you search for "car", a club with the word "cartoon" in it's description is considered a hit [or in the user name or key words, I'm simplifying here]).

I have been thinking about implementing a "NOT" modifier, so if you type "car NOT cartoon", the search will display results with the word "car" but without "cartoon" in their description. If you feel this would be useful to you, please let me know.

Entered in the ARTicul8! Contest

:bulletpurple: Ideas for future improvements
I'll keep a record here of ideas I've found particularly interesting, useful and feasible that I may include in future updates to clubSEARCH. Feel free to suggest your ideas in a comment :)
--Remove banned clubs (substantial code is required for this, thus I didn't include it in the original version ^^;)
~jibirelle: Display the number of watchers for each club
`AreteEirene Make a secret page for directory admins so that they can paste in multiple club names and then have an ordered list of clubs printed out in order of activity [link]
`AreteEirene Increase the precision of the activity analysis (look at date of last comment and last submission as well as the current method) [link]
*Patt-Ytto Add a scroll bar for long club descriptions
`Age2003 Make a help tab for the activity analysis within the application.
~Red-Bananas Remove emoticons and icons from descriptions so that they do not interfere with searches

:bulletpurple: The Numbers
16,506 unique clubs/groups listed as of 8/29/10
49 directories and one user utilized for their listing of clubs... What? ^^; =Before-I-Sleep started and runs over 1000 clubs :O
3 weeks of solid work (around 200 to 250 hours)
5 languages used: Java, ActionScript 3.0, XML, PHP, HTML

:bulletpurple: Special Thanks
`summaro: for helping me extensively with remote server communication
All the users who left comments on the WIP

The WIP can be viewed here: [link]

Directories used:
~accessoriesdirectory, ~Anime-Dictionary, ~avatard-directory, =Before-I-Sleep, ~CircelOfClubs, #clubdirectory, ~Clubs-Club, ~Clubz, ~communities, ~dagroups, ~Death-Note-Directory, ~devART-Group-Listing, #deviantARTcommunity, ~Deviant-Clubs, ~Dragonball-Directory, ~FF-Clubs-List, ~FMA-Directory, ~FruitsBasketListings, ~Gundam-Directory, ~In-The-Club, ~InuYasha-Directory, !IZ-club-list, ~List-inc, ~Listing-Centre, ~Mario-Clubs-List, ~musicdirectory, ~MusicList-Inc, ~Naruto-List, ~nekolisting, ~OnePieceListing, ~Ouran-HSHC-Directory, ~Pokemon-Directory, ~Sailormoon-Directory, ~Sonic-Club-List, ~SonicClubsDirectory, ~Sonic-Clubs-List, ~SortingHat, ~SouthPark-List, ~Stargate-Directory, ~teentitans-directory, ~The-Anime-Manga-List, ~The-Bleach-Directory, !TheDigimonDirectory, *The-Disney-Directory, ~TheFellaPages, #TheList, ~ToS-Directory, ~Video-Game-List, ~Yu-Gi-Oh-Directory, ~YuYuHakushoDirectory

Stamp Template (c) !StampThings
Circular loading bars, deviantART logo, deviantART v6 webpage design (c) deviantART

Questions and Comments strongly encouraged :)
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Daily Deviation

Given 2008-09-13
Looking for a group to call your own community. Somewhere you feel you belong? Then clubSEARCH by *parallellogic is going to really help you out! This easy to use Flash search engine can not only give you a list of relevant clubs within seconds but also give you info on it's level of activity. ( Suggested by Keykey and Featured by Age2003 )
The wonderful deviation titled clubSEARCH by *parallellogic is easily one of the best DeviantArt related suggestions I’ve found in our DeviantArt community so far. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve found myself in desperate need of a club search, and every time this rather helpful deviation has come to my -- and many others -- rescue. I can only hope that this deviation is soon known by all, and will be taken seriously by our DeviantArt admins. An integrated club search would surely be appreciated by all of the DeviantArt community and help make it easier to network our art.

(clubSEARCH and deviantSEARCH are Featured here)
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Schwannie Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
This doesn't work for mobile. It's just a darker shade of grey-green on have screen Q n Q I'm using an iPad
parallellogic Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
Schwannie Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
Oh yeah, thanks c:
62nh Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
very helpful, I like it
Kidneybean7 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
definitional putting this under fav!
catsplotter Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist
helps very mutch
8anime8chick8 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Etsuko-Hime Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So this is not a prewiuw?? :O that is awesome :meow:
Zelda01Fan Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very useful and awesome!
parallellogic Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
:) Thanks
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