If I search for something with multiple words in (so that it doesn't just do a tag search and instead uses /search?q=a+b ) then the results have raw html in where there should be links.

e.g. https://stackoverflow.com/search?q=perl+gzip ..second link ("Hidden features of Perl") shows a load of aref rel="nofollow" junk in the output which I wouldn't expect.

This doesn't happen on the tag search, so just typing "perl" into the search box doesn't trigger this problem.

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I suggest adding single HTML tags to the search ignore list. For example searching for "assembly strong name" returns a lot of results that matched "<strong>". This has no semantic value and just clutters the results.


Well, they're valid hits in the full text engine. We can hide them, but it's arguably better to show you, so you know why a certain post has the word "perl" a zillion times and thus ranks very highly in searches for that word.

(also, perl doesn't map to [perl] because it's not a top 40 tag in the system as of yet. auto-mapping of multi-word search terms to tags requires that the tag be in the top 40)

  • Fair enough, cheers :)
    – Legooolas
    Jul 31, 2009 at 10:30

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