As StackOverflow and most of the others in this collection are sites for technical people, we often search for specific technical terms.
As an example, I was searching for a problem with PHP and the /etc/hosts file.
Unfortunately, when I include "/etc/hosts" in the search here, it strips out the slashes and searches for "etchosts" and finds nothing.
If I replace "/etc/hosts" with just "hosts" I turn up lots of questions and answers that are irrelevant to my problem.
Google search does something similar but with much more fuzzy matching which makes my efforts to filter out the irrelevant search results even more frustrating.
Would it be possible to have an option here to include special characters in the search and not strip them out. I would think that including the "/etc/hosts" in quotation marks would be a nice way to indicate that this is what I want although it could be confusing if I wanted to search for a quotation mark. Escape characters might also be necessary.
I know that it would be more computationally expensive, but would it be possible to search by regular expression ? Often, an error message will include something specific to my setup, such as a hostname, in the middle of it and it would be nice to be able to replace that with ".*" and then match the rest of the error message exactly.