Independent of the TQL query we want to run, we may want to tell TQL to present the data in a certain way or to run a limited form of the query, e.g. to test it before putting it into operation. This is where meta-parameters come in. Meta-parameters are optional instructions that you can add to your query. They generally affect the behavior of TQL, rather than operating directly on the data.

In our query the meta-parameter is limit 30, telling TQL to only show 30 results:

la, t.e.userInput, t.e2.answerText:  t.e.userInput != "" limit 30

limit a query to 30 results

The three meta-parameters available in TQL are:

Meta-parameter name Description
order by Sort results by a certain property or variable, either ascending or descending
limit Limit the query to n results (to save processing time if you don't need to see all the results)
sample Show a sample of results (to save processing time; also when first testing a query to confirm that it does get results)

Meta parameters are added to the end of a valid TQL query with no separator (comma). An exception is the meta-parameter sample, which is placed at the beginning of the query.

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