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In StackOverflow the search tips suggest using '+' to ensure terms appear in the search results. However if I enter the search:

+vs2008 +mfc +automation

It returns nothing at all, for some reason it doesn't seem to work if there is no space between the + and the search term, despite the fact that this is what the search page's instructions say

On the other hand if I enter

+ vs2008 + mfc + automation

It returns results that do not include all the terms. Which makes it pretty well impossible to usefully search as I either get no results at all, or thousands of results that I don't have time to wade through.

How do you do a simple AND based search on StackOverflow?

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As it seems, there are no questions with that combination of words on Stack Overflow.

All questions I was able to find either have VS 2008 or any other full spelled variation of visual studio 2008 in the text. Searching for the tags only yielded one result, too.

As far as I can see, the search is working perfectly fine.

Edit: As AakashM pointed your question appears...which renders this a caching issue...Dadadadaaaaaa...

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It looks like you are right. I simply hadn't considered the possibility that there wouldn't be a single question matching the search terms. Classic PEBKAC. – Neutrino Nov 10 '11 at 11:42

I suspect there's a caching issue involved, because now when you search for +vs2008 +mfc +automation, your question is found.

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I posted that question after I posted this one, so prior to posting that question the search returned nothing. Also this search "[tag]visual-studio-2008 +mfc +automation" still returns nothing. – Neutrino Nov 10 '11 at 11:30
@Neutrino The syntax would be [visual-studio-2008] +mfc +automation – Grace Note Nov 10 '11 at 11:32
Oh I see. It should be "[visual-studio-2008] +mfc +automation" <facepalm> – Neutrino Nov 10 '11 at 11:33

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