It seems like nobody observes Searching for exact phrase seems broken anymore. That's why I'm trying to bring this problem to the attention again.

+python +custom +import gives 999 results while +python "custom import" gives 5,000+ results...

When will searching for exact phrase be fixed?

Btw, shall I delete status-completed tag on the original question?

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    I dare you to attempt to delete that tag.
    – Pops
    Commented Apr 30, 2012 at 15:21
  • It sounds like it was fixed and then re-broke, so no; posting a new bug is right. And you can't delete moderator-only tags anyway Commented Apr 30, 2012 at 15:21
  • @PopularDemand: Is that even possible? I've been wandering for quite some time now, but I never dared to try it out...
    – Dennis
    Commented Apr 30, 2012 at 15:22
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    @Dennis It was; they fixed it Commented Apr 30, 2012 at 15:22

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Update: + is no longer needed here just enter your words and phrases to search:

For example: python "custom import"

Like every other term you want to be a "must be present", use + on the phrase as well:

+python +"custom import"

You'll only get 8 results, note though your top results are still the same, since we prioritize results that match all terms over those that match some terms.

  • It would seem that the quotes only work for exact-phrase searches when accompanied by +, i.e. instead of surrounding phrases with " " you do so with +" ". Commented Apr 30, 2012 at 16:14
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    @BoltClock'saUnicorn - what makes you think that? Commented Apr 30, 2012 at 16:14

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