number of times i've wanted to find something on xda, use the forums' search function and it basically displays EVERY thread in the forum. It doesn't do a great job of actually narrowing down what you're looking for. But what I tend to do now is just use google and type XDA at the beginning of my search. e.g. these are the result for "philz recovery" in the search feature http://forum.xda-developers.com/sear...chid=288653448
now do the same in google https://www.google.co.uk/?gfe_rd=cr&...+recovery+9505
it's the first result and takes you right to the thread.
the forum search leaves a lot to be desired, so I kinda get why people struggle finding thing on here :s