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Let's say I want to tag a question "sql-server-2008" on stack overflow.

There are 823 questions tagged Sql-server-2008 but, the tag matching engine won't find it even if I type in:


Why does the tag matching algorithm hide this tag? I guess it's because there's another tag starting with the same string and with a higher count, but still, I think this could use some tweaking ...

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What browser are you using? – random Sep 25 '09 at 11:16
Reproducible with Firefox 3.5.3 and Opera 10. With IE 7 the issue shows up slightly different, but is still there (After sql-server- 2008 tag is available but no sql-server-2008- tags). – Ladybug Killer Sep 25 '09 at 11:45
I'm using Firefox 3.5.3 – Brann Sep 25 '09 at 14:41
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cannot reproduce, either on the \tags page or the \ask page.

I get the expected partial matches when I type "sql-server-200" (without the quotes) in either box.

EDIT: apparently we neglected to turn off caching for the autocomplete plugin. Should be fixed now.

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I've just reproduced it at home (on : "sql-server-200" (without quotes) returns me a single match (ie sql-server-2005). I'm using Firefox 3.5.3 aswell – Brann Sep 26 '09 at 9:33
no repro, see screenshot – Jeff Atwood Sep 26 '09 at 22:15
it works (and my comment is long enough)! – Brann Sep 28 '09 at 17:02

I can reproduce this on the ask page using FF3.5.3.

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Interestingly, if I go back to the start of the string and delete the initial 's', the expected matches come up.

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ok, but how? I can't repro it. Typing speed? mouse vs keyboard? No idea. – Jeff Atwood Sep 26 '09 at 23:58
Just using keyboard, typing speed doesn't seem to make any difference. If you type the entire name of a tag, the autocomplete can find it, and if you delete the initial portion, it will match on the middle part of the string, e.g. l-server-200 works just fine. Also, if you provide sql-server-2008, then it finds that tag and sql-server-2008-express and sql-server-2008-r2 as well. Let me know if there's any more detail I can provide. – ベレアー アダム Sep 27 '09 at 1:52
Still can't repro, firefox 3.5.3 – Jeff Atwood Sep 27 '09 at 16:10
Have you cleared your browser cache? Maybe your js or ajax response is cached. – ベレアー アダム Sep 27 '09 at 17:13
ok, we neglected to turn off caching for the autocomplete plugin. should be fixed now. – Jeff Atwood Sep 28 '09 at 8:11
Confirmed fixed. :) – ベレアー アダム Sep 28 '09 at 12:15

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