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Unable to search for the SQL keyword BETWEEN

I've found a bug in the search engine. It is very reproducible.

  • Go to EL&U SE

  • Search for that that. The search engine says that there are no matches. I don't know why it returns no results, but the engine works with other phrases such as wind wind. The Google Search for that that, however, finds many results on the site.

Your search returned no matches.

So for some reason, the search engine is not returning any matches for this search, but works perfectly fine with other searches.


This is by design, although a more meaningful error message would be welcome.

That is a very common word in the English language. Therefore, it's considered a stop word and filtered out of your search.

Since your search only consists of stop words, you basically search for an empty string.

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  • Is there any work around? – American Luke Aug 10 '12 at 23:17
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    Besides using Google, none that I know of. – Dennis Aug 10 '12 at 23:19
  • Is there a list of stop words used on SE? – American Luke Aug 10 '12 at 23:22
  • I can't find it on Meta. That probably means no. – Dennis Aug 10 '12 at 23:27

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