To use the advanced search, combine phrases and labels as described in the search tips below.
Advanced search tips
- Enter words that you want to find separated by spaces, e.g. climbing lane
- Use OR (in capital letters) where you don't mind which word, e.g.
commons OR lords
- Use quotes when you want to find an exact phrase, e.g.
"Liverpool City Council"
status:to select based on the status or historical status of the request, see the table of statuses below.
variety:to select type of thing to search for, see the table of varieties below.
requested_from:home_officeto search requests from the Home Office, typing the name as in the URL.
requested_by:julian_toddto search requests made by Julian Todd, typing the name as in the URL.
commented_by:tony_bowdento search annotations made by Tony Bowden, typing the name as in the URL.
request:to restrict to a specific request, typing the title as in the URL.
filetype:pdfto find all responses with PDF attachments. Or try these:
csv txt pdf rtf doc docx xls xlsx ppt pptx oft msg tnef tif gif jpg png bmp html vcf zip delivery-status
01/01/2008..14/01/2008to only show things that happened in the first two weeks of January.
tag:charityto find all public authorities or requests with a given tag. You can include multiple tags, and tag values, e.g.
tag:openlylocal AND tag:financial_transaction:335633. Note that by default any of the tags can be present, you have to put
ANDexplicitly if you only want results them all present.
request_public_body_tag:charityto find requests to public authorities with a given tag.
- Read about advanced search operators, such as proximity and wildcards.
Table of statuses
All the options below can use status or latest_status before the colon. For example, status:not_held will match requests which have ever been marked as not held; latest_status:not_held will match only requests that are currently marked as not held.
|status:waiting_response||Waiting for the public authority to reply|
|status:not_held||The public authority does not have the information requested|
|status:rejected||The request was refused by the public authority|
|status:partially_successful||Some of the information requested has been received|
|status:successful||All of the information requested has been received|
|status:waiting_clarification||The public authority would like part of the request explained|
|status:gone_postal||The public authority would like to / has responded by postal mail|
|status:internal_review||Waiting for the public authority to complete an internal review of their handling of the request|
|status:error_message||Received an error message, such as delivery failure.|
|status:requires_admin||A strange response, required attention by the WhatDoTheyKnow team|
|status:user_withdrawn||The requester has abandoned this request for some reason|
Table of varieties
All the options below can use variety or latest_variety before the colon. For example, variety:sent will match requests which have ever been sent; latest_variety:sent will match only requests that are currently marked as sent.
|variety:sent||Original request sent|
|variety:followup_sent||Follow up message sent by requester|
|variety:response||Response from a public authority|
|variety:comment||Annotation added to request|
|variety:authority||A public authority|
|variety:user||A WhatDoTheyKnow user|