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Why do user pages not show up when searching through user pages?

The user page search is not returning all matching results. I don't think it happens for all search terms, but I can't be sure of that. Here's what I'm seeing:

On the user page for OnStartups, if I search for the name "Stacey", I only get back 1 result, which is for "Brice Stacey".

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However, I know there are at least 3 user accounts matching the name "Stacey":

http://answers.onstartups.com/users/3167/stacey
http://answers.onstartups.com/users/4706/stacey
http://answers.onstartups.com/users/9534/stacey

Can anybody explain what is happening here?

(Apologies for posting this here, and not on the OnStartups Meta, but I figured it would get more attention here. Plus this is probably an SE wide issue.)

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marked as duplicate by YOU, mmyers Apr 16 '11 at 19:20

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Unregistered accounts does not appear in search result.

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Thanks for the quick response. Is this a new "feature"? In the old days these user accounts showed up in my search results. It makes it a bit hard for mods to keep the site organized when we can't easily find problem users. –  Zuly Gonzalez Apr 16 '11 at 17:12
    
@Zuly, I am not sure since when, but at least from 2010 according to this similar question - meta.stackexchange.com/questions/72285/… –  YOU Apr 16 '11 at 17:15
    
According to @balpha what I was seeing before was a bug that allowed searching for unregistered users if you entered the exact name. meta.stackexchange.com/questions/72215/… It looks like it has been "fixed". –  Zuly Gonzalez Apr 16 '11 at 17:27
    
@Zuly, you're right, previously you can search unregistered user by exact name. but it was bug, so balpha fixed it - meta.stackexchange.com/questions/72215/… - Edit: I was typing the same thing when you commented above. –  YOU Apr 16 '11 at 17:28
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