So, the latest question here on Meta prompted me to do a quick search for "code review". Everything looked all fine and dandy until I switched to the votes tab, where I was prompted with this nice book of text on my screen:

A trip to the library
Click here for expanded version.

What did I break? o.o I'm pretty sure I'm not supposed to be presented with that much text.

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    Not sure that the FAQ portion about books applies here or not.
    – Oded
    Mar 31, 2013 at 15:46
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    Just lucky with the sort order. If you look at the other sorts, the particular questions look just as bookish.
    – Oded
    Mar 31, 2013 at 15:59
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    Initial tests point to a bug in elasticsearch here - I'll try and pin it down. Apr 1, 2013 at 0:35
  • @Nick any updates? Reproduced by searching for "Stack Overflow" if it's of any help. Jun 11, 2013 at 21:49
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    We just encountered this on Maths.SE as well.
    – Lord_Farin
    Sep 17, 2013 at 13:01
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    Encountered this on SO by using this search then clicking to the last page of results and iterating backward. Jan 7, 2014 at 20:14
  • still happening after the last elasticsearch upgrade
    – m0sa
    Dec 23, 2014 at 11:18
  • Looks like it's fixed now...? meta.stackexchange.com/… May 5, 2015 at 20:02
  • Is this related? @Nick Jan 31, 2017 at 7:35

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Closing the loop on this - indeed Elastic did nasty, terrible, evil, unconscionable, unspeakable things that scared young children, horrified the bravest of us, and made it hard to sleep at night and...wait, no, it still does all those things.

The snippet length crazy was fixed in a subsequent upgrade though.

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