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I'm trying to help out on a meta site by cleaning up old questions that are missing any of the required meta tags. My search-fu is failing me, however.

I tried this in the search box:

-[discussion] -[bug] -[support] -[feature-request]

That gives me the failed search page.

Similarly, editing the URL to


Just redirects me to http://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions.

I thought I had a good handle on searching for tags and negating terms, but apparently not. What's the secret sauce?

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Awesome‌​, backup! Welcome to the team! – Pops Oct 5 '12 at 20:28

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You gotta add a positive search term as well.

For example, is:question:

-[discussion] -[bug] -[support] -[feature-request] is:question

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<homer>D'oh!</homer> – Al E. Oct 5 '12 at 20:19
Yep. Works perfectly. Thanks. – Al E. Oct 5 '12 at 20:20

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