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I tried searching for "ɣ" on Linguistics.

Rather than performing the search, it displays the blank Search page. (With the previous search, it had displayed a search help page.)

Presumably, it assumes a 1-character query was typed accidentally. However, in this case, the 1-character query is an IPA symbol (voiced velar fricative) that produces relevant search results.

As a workaround, if you search for "ɣ ɣ ɣ ɣ", it does do the search. This proves that the necessary search functionality exists for 1-character search terms.

A similar feature is enabled on Japanese Language and Usage: searching for single Chinese characters works there, but not on Mathematica.

The front-end should be changed to allow such searches.

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It looks like another workaround is to add + to the character to make the character required (e.g. "+ɣ" will give the correct search). –  MyNameIsNotMcThomasJohannson Dec 18 '12 at 20:11
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Hang tight, we're replacing the search engine. –  Nick Craver Dec 18 '12 at 20:12
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@Nick not completely sure whether that was sarcastic or not :) –  Pëkka Dec 18 '12 at 20:14
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@Pekka it wasn't –  Nick Craver Dec 18 '12 at 20:18
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@NickCraver wow you only gave yourself 33K rep on your test machine? :-P –  amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Dec 18 '12 at 20:19
    
@amanaPlanaCAnalPAnaMA - just an old copy of meta that test is running on –  Nick Craver Dec 18 '12 at 20:20
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@NickCraver Are you guys getting rid of Lucene? –  NullUserException อ_อ Dec 18 '12 at 20:53
    
@NullUserExceptionอ_อ - Lucene.net yes, elastic search is what we're migrating to, as a service model. –  Nick Craver Dec 18 '12 at 21:32
    
@NickCraver: The issue still exists with the new search. –  Mechanical snail Feb 7 '13 at 11:07

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