When I was searching for a question I had seen before on Stack Overflow, I mistyped and ended up with no search results. That's not the problem, the problem was the suggestion given by the search page:

(my original search was not for HURGA HURGA)

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Why is it suggested that I narrow my search when no matches are returned? Are there any circumstances under which this will yield results?

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    This bugs me too – Ben Brocka Jul 26 '12 at 16:43
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    Because you weren't searching hard enough? – user7116 Jul 26 '12 at 16:45
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    The strangest part is that it isn't some automatic search tips page, it's only displayed when you have no results. – Kendall Frey Jul 26 '12 at 17:34
  • Originally I thought that's why it was being shown (because it's not generally bad advice). But I've only ever seen it on the no results page. – Dustin Jul 26 '12 at 17:39
  • If you add another word that isn't found, it'll suggest that you put them both in quotes to search for the phrase. ;) – animuson Jul 26 '12 at 17:39
  • @animuson, I'll add that – Dustin Jul 26 '12 at 17:40
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    Maybe it's the devs trolling people who actually waste their time with the SE search functionality =P – Josh Darnell Jul 26 '12 at 17:44
  • @ajax333221: stackoverflow.com/search?q=HURGA%20HURGA – Dennis Jul 26 '12 at 18:04
  • @Dennis thanks for the link, now I understand what is all about – ajax333221 Jul 26 '12 at 18:07
  • No repro: The HURGA HURGA in the screenshot is crimson. Any ideas why mine is blueish? – @Cake: You're only focusing on the negative. The proposed Google link at the bottom (google.com/search?q=site:stackoverflow.com/…) finds a match. – Dennis Jul 26 '12 at 18:12
  • @Dennis the new screenshot is from meta's search function – Dustin Jul 26 '12 at 18:23

This is no longer the case...we removed these now-crap suggestions given with AND search they are useless 100% of the time. We will be adding some help for no-op searches in the near future to help the user see what's happening when they mess up a [usually advanced] search though.

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