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I was looking for unanswered questions in the "Unanswered" section and searched using this query [javascript] [jquery]. This tag search gave results from the "Questions" section instead of results from "Unanswered" section (button beside badges button, not questions > unaswered).

Is this the expected behavior, i.e. does the SO's search ignore the fact that I am searching from the "Unanswered" section?

Searching via clicking tags

If I click on then click on in the "Unanswered" section (beside badges button), I get questions tagged with or , not and, even though both show up in the search and url. You can see in this link and how it shows resukts with just one tag of the 2 I choose.

Is this the expected result? In "Questions" section, if you click on then click on , it returns questions with or , not and.

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Somehow you have to manually put the and in the URL: stackoverflow.com/unanswered/tagged/javascript+and+jquery. –  Antony Jul 26 '13 at 16:16
    
@Antony , shouldn't by choosing unanswered tab (beside badges), then choose javascript, then choose jquery also (so both are in the search bar & url) give the "right" result? –  Sergio Jul 26 '13 at 20:18
    
First, search by [javascript] [jquery]. Then, click the unanswered tab (not the section!) –  bfavaretto Aug 13 '13 at 22:24
    
@bfavaretto, ok. That works, good. In my question I navigate to section "unanswered" first, that should work also. If I can group/add two tags by clicking them the result should be 1 and 2, not 1 or 2. That behavior with "and" is how it works in the Questions section. –  Sergio Aug 13 '13 at 22:35

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Both behaviors are by design:

  1. The search is not contextualized by the section of the site you are in. It always leads to the same results (given the same query). While I see where you are coming from, a different behavior would be even more unexpected to the majority of our users.

  2. The tags in the unanswered section are joined by a OR to be consistent with the default behavior of that section. If you go on "my tags" you will see questions that belong to any of "your" tags, not all of them - so discovery there works similarly. If you want to discover by tag, and filtering down, the Tag section is where to look. Again, I see how this can be confusing, but that's how the system is designed to behave right now.

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