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Such ignored words cleary break the phrase search (also visible in the highlighting).

Also can someone explain how adding title: results in no results?

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I don't have an answer for your first question, but the second one is easy. The word "reflection" doesn't appear in that question, so why should it return it? – Cody Gray Feb 24 '12 at 4:44
@CodyGray: Well, all the above queries return that answer, which also require the word reflection. (Also the word can be found in the answers, i did not restrict reflection to the question) – H.B. Feb 24 '12 at 5:06

Update: as part of the latest search changes, phrase searches are now exact matches, and you no longer need the + sign as we're an AND search by default now. Here are the updated searches from your question:

title: searches only questions (we say this in the help here:, that's why your last example doesn't return that result..."reflection" isn't in the question. If you think it should behave differently, throw up a , we'll be taking a hard look at search very soon.

As for the others, we can take a look, stop words are a very difficult problem. I can't make any promises there but we'll see what we can do.

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