Kat, I can definitely appreciate your efforts putting this how-to guide together I think, I think (when used properly) the search function can definitely help at least 60% of the masses. The problem is the search function is very basic at best and only goes after individual keywords. So for instance i want "big wheels", it gives me all topics with the word "big" and all of the words with "wheels" not exactly "big wheels". If some kind of boolean logic can be incorporated it would be awesome - but I don't know the technical limitations of a forum like this.
Problem #2 is that I strongly believe there are people on here that wake up bright and early just to troll the threads looking for opportunities to use any of the search emoticons. I never once was personally offended by the "i just got the snowflake bong" thread - I just roll my eyes and move on. But others find the time to write a smart-ass and all to often dick-ish remark and then scream "search" when they could just say "its the car telling you its cold". It diverts the purpose of the "community" and doesn't encourage new members to post and feel welcomed to the fam.
Current: '11 C350 W204//7AT//ArcticWhite//Sport//Premium 1
2010-2011: '11 128i E82//6AT//SpaceGray//Value//Heated Steering//Heated Seats//Moonroof
2009-2010: '06 325i E90//6MT//Sapphire Black//Beige//Dark Burl//Premium//Cold
2006-2009: '02 325ci E46//5MT//Steel Blue Metallic//Grey//Premium//Heated Seats