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I noticed that when I search the query [javascript] closed:0 votes:0 by relevance, I only see questions tagged purely with .

But if I move to newest, I start seeing questions with multiple tags (not just the tag)

Is this a bug?

edit: if you add an actual string to search, multiple tags are now allowed. Interesting...

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Just that tag alone sounds most relevant if you're searching for it – random Jun 29 '12 at 2:05
@random disagree, the only questions tagged with just one tag mostly are from 1 rep users that don't know how the tag system works. If this is the case, I will stop using sort by relevance for sure... – ajax333221 Jun 29 '12 at 2:07
It has no keywords to check relevance against. So you end up with the basic list of single tagged – random Jun 29 '12 at 2:09
@random that should be posted as the answer – Jeff Atwood Jun 29 '12 at 2:56
up vote 3 down vote accepted

When you search by a single tag, and no keywords, the engine has nothing to check relevance against. This is why the results will return questions with just that tag alone. Far as it's concerned, that's the most relevant to your needs.

After you add keywords the search engine now has a frame of reference and can start showing based on more quantifiers. These may or may not have other tags, depending on the algorithm that best matches against both your keyword and tag wants.

The ninja filters, such as closed: and answers:, are not considered keywords unless you quote them.

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See what you get with views: though – random Jun 29 '12 at 3:18
-1, not enough somewhat-disturbing imagery. – jadarnel27 Jun 29 '12 at 5:15

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