I searched a couple of times today for an answer and received 0 results. I then asked a question, and was immediately downvoted due to it being a duplicate question. And it was almost a word-for-word duplicate. The weird part was that the search I did was almost word for word the title of the question that almost existed. So, I tried a couple more searches and received some interesting results.

I have included the 3 searches I performed to demonstrate what seems to me to be a faulty search. The first 2 searched returned 0 results, even though the second search was almost word-for-word; and the third had the answer I was looking for as the first answer.

Is this the expected search behavior?

Search 1

Search 2

Search 3

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    Please see Is it possible to search for punctuation/special characters?. In brief, you can do it by quoting the special characters. Commented Jul 11, 2013 at 19:54
  • Also you can use Google or really any search engine. Stack Overflow ranks pretty highly in at least Google. [query here] stackoverflow works pretty well.
    – Steven V
    Commented Jul 11, 2013 at 19:59
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    @StevenVondruska Why not just [query here] site:stackoverflow.com? That way 1.) "stackoverflow" is not included in your search; 2.) you only get results from SO
    – Doorknob
    Commented Jul 11, 2013 at 20:27
  • @Doorknob Wasn't sure if all search engines support the site:stackoverflow.com syntax. I use it all the time since Google is the only search engine I use, but just trying to make it as generic as possible.
    – Steven V
    Commented Jul 11, 2013 at 20:31
  • I was already on the site, so I thought I would just use the search, rather than going back to google just to come back to the same site.
    – John Kraft
    Commented Jul 11, 2013 at 20:34
  • Stack exchange search isnt very good (im sorry, but its not), the "questions that may already have your answer" box when you're actually typing your question is much better. See meta.stackexchange.com/questions/187773/… Commented Jul 11, 2013 at 21:51


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