Such ignored words cleary break the phrase search (also visible in the highlighting).

Also can someone explain how adding title: results in no results?

  • I don't have an answer for your first question, but the second one is easy. The word "reflection" doesn't appear in that question, so why should it return it? Feb 24, 2012 at 4:44
  • @CodyGray: Well, all the above queries return that answer, which also require the word reflection. (Also the word can be found in the answers, i did not restrict reflection to the question)
    – H.B.
    Feb 24, 2012 at 5:06

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Update: as part of the latest search changes, phrase searches are now exact matches, and you no longer need the + sign as we're an AND search by default now. Here are the updated searches from your question:

title: searches only questions (we say this in the help here: https://stackoverflow.com/search), that's why your last example doesn't return that result..."reflection" isn't in the question. If you think it should behave differently, throw up a , we'll be taking a hard look at search very soon.

As for the others, we can take a look, stop words are a very difficult problem. I can't make any promises there but we'll see what we can do.

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