When searching, it is easy to hit the 140 character max length on the search box:

But by removing the maxlength attribute, this can be bypassed, with the search still working perfectly:

Also, the search box at the top of the page (as opposed to on a search page) has a 240 character limit:

I propose removing the maxlength attribute from both search boxes, as I see no reason to restrict this.

Doing so allows for longer searches with no consequence.

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    But but but you won't be able to tweet your searches! – Oded Jul 5 '13 at 11:41
  • @Oded (I know it's a joke) The URL itself though, is more than 140 characters ;) – Danny Beckett Jul 5 '13 at 11:45
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    @Oded Twitter automatically shortens URLs. BRO, DO YOU EVEN TWEET?!?? – Bill the Lizard Jul 5 '13 at 12:04
  • @BilltheLizard - What gave it away? – Oded Jul 5 '13 at 12:06
  • @BilltheLizard Hahaha, I also didn't know that, for the same reason as Oded. – Danny Beckett Jul 5 '13 at 12:12
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    didn´t know that i can do not search for tags – Jehof Jul 5 '13 at 12:51
  • I imagine this has more to do with the processing power required to parse 240 characters, and the added selectivity-cost of such a query. – Evan Carroll Oct 14 '13 at 18:33
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    Bumping this with a bounty, I would really like this as well. It's a simple change of a value, unless there are pressing concerns this is an easy fix. – Jeroen Vannevel Feb 21 '14 at 0:30
  • It became 240 :) – nicael Nov 29 '14 at 18:58

Seconded. In the meantime, here are a few workarounds:

  • Bookmarklet


  • Data Explorer Query


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