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To facilitate searching for questions which might contain an appended answer, I plugged in (on Stack Overflow):

  • solved which returns 5,000+ -- a bit too many to be useful.

So I refined it to:

  • [solved] & [Solved] return nothing (as expected -- the tag doesn't exist)
  • "[solved]" & "[Solved]" which return nothing??
  • title:[solved] wierd -- see below
  • title:"[solved]" which returns nothing


Through all of this, note for example, this question which does contains [Solved] in the title?

So upon investigating the title:[solved], I see:

Question: So what am I doing wrong?!?

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Likely related: Search neglects quoted square-bracketed terms – Tim Stone Aug 19 '11 at 18:02
I knew it didn't like "[<anything>]" in searches, but getting the same 1,518 results over and over is bizarre. Good catch. – Matthew Read Aug 19 '11 at 18:02
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We had some code in there to strip any errant tags that was a bit too liberal in where it was applied. Though we won't support [string] in the ninja options, in the next build we won't just strip your will be parsed as string.

I'll look at parsing [ and ] as part of the normal parse, but it's not a simple matter and it's a complete analyzer (well, tokenizer really) switch on the back end (and needs a re-index). I can't make any promises, but I'll try to improve the behavior here and see if we can treat some commonly used symbols are non-breaks or stops in the parsing.\

To be clear: what was happening before was your search ending up as "title:" in every case above...this is what will be resolved, the rest is a todo.txt item for me.

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