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Can tag filtering find more results, become a little smarter?

For example, typing:

fileext

Does not return

file-extension

But when you type

file-ext

It works.


Edit: So to solve the above issue all SO has to do is

  1. Compare the typed tag vs. the existing tags, WITH hyphens
  2. If you don't find anything then also compare WITHOUT hypens
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That's a pretty over generalized suggestion that doesn't sound much different than "please make the search algorithm be able to figure out what I'm actually talking about when I provide it x"

Are you asking for the algorithm to be tweaked so that all possibilities of "fileext" with hyphens is searched?

  • fileext
  • f-ileext
  • fi-leext
  • fil-eext
  • file-ext
  • filee-xt
  • fileex-t

Or are you wanting it to completely ignore hyphens?

Or is there some other method that I am not seeing which would allow text searching to start guessing WTF its searcher is actually wanting to see?

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Exactly. Compare the source text vs. the existing tags, WITH hyphens; if you don't find anything then also compare WITHOUT hypens. –  Jarvis Aug 31 '09 at 12:42
    
@Jeremy: Seems pretty reasonable. The main drawback is having to perform a second search on the condition that the first finds no results. –  ベレアー アダム Aug 31 '09 at 13:47

We already compare both raw and non-hypenated input when searching for tags, but only within the tags drop down (on the question page and the /ask page). I guess we could do it on the tag search page as well.

Sam Hasler suggested that months ago and it was implemented then.

try entering "open-id" (without the quotes) as a tag for a question, to see what I mean.

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Try entering "featurerequest" to see what I mean. –  Jarvis Sep 3 '09 at 16:28

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