Searching for posts is straightforward. Simply enter the tags you want to search for, separated by spaces. For example, searching for original panties will return every post that has both the original tag AND the panties tag.
That's not all. Sankaku Complex offers several meta-tags that let you further refine your search, allowing you to query on things like width, height, score, uploader, date, and more. Consult the cheat sheet for a complete list of what you can do.
In both the listing page and the show page you'll notice a list of tag links with characters next to them. Here's an explanation of what the links are:
This links to the wiki page for the tag. If the tag is an artist type, then you'll be redirected to the artist page.
The number next to the tag represents how many posts there are. This isn't always the total number of posts for that tag. If you're searching for a combination of tags, this will be the number of posts that have the tag AND the current tag query. If you're not searching for anything, this will be the number of posts found within the last twenty-four hours.
Some tag links may be colored green, purple, or red. Green means the tag represents a character. Purple means the tag represents a copyright (things like anime, manga, games, or novels). Red means the tag represents an artist.
When you're not searching for a tag, by default the tag list will show the most popular tags within the last three days. When you are searching for tags, the tag list will show related tags, sorted by relevancy.
In the main listing page, you'll notice a menu labeled "Mode" in the sidebar. This menu lets you make several changes without ever leaving the listing page. Simply select an option and whenever you click on a thumbnail, the action will be performed in the background.
This is the default mode. Whenever you click on a thumbnail, you'll go to that post.
Add to Favorites
Whenever you click on a thumbnail, that post will be added to your list of favorites.
Remove from Favorites
Whenever you click on a thumbnail, that post will be removed from your list of favorites.
Whenever you click on a thumbnail, that post will be rated safe.
Whenever you click on a thumbnail, that post will be rated questionable.
Whenever you click on a thumbnail, that post will be rated explicit.
Rate 1/2/3/4/5 Stars
Whenever you click on a thumbnail, that post will be given a quality rating of the selected number. The maximum rating is 5 stars, and the minimum rating is 1 star.
Whenever you click on a thumbnail, that post will be flagged for deletion.
Not available to Member-level users
Whenever you click on a thumbnail, that post will be rating locked (no one will be able to change the rating).
Whenever you click on a thumbnail, that post will be note locked (no one will be able to edit notes for that post).
Edit Tag Script
Go here for details on tag scripts.
Apply Tag Script
Whenever you click on a thumbnail, the current tag script will be applied to the post.
The post has been flagged for deletion.
The post is pending moderator approval.
The post has child posts.
The post has a parent post.
Note that a yellow aura (not to be confused with a yellow border) indicates that a post is part of your favorites list.