A question in chat led me to search in the help center to see if there was anything mentioned about the election process. I was surprised when searching for "election" returned zero results, and assumed this meant that elections weren't mentioned at all.

But they are mentioned, at least briefly. The problem was that I should have been searching for "elections", which returns two results. The general site search isn't tripped up by these kinds of pluralization differences, and given the nature of the help center, the search there really shouldn't be either.

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    hahahahahaha this is so funny... It's akin to.. "Why are there so many dupes on Meta?" Cos it's so darn hard to search ;)
    – user310756
    Commented Aug 16, 2013 at 15:08
  • Search results returns only for exact keyword..Damn..
    Commented Aug 16, 2013 at 15:09
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    Same goes with badge which returns 1 result and badges returns 3
    Commented Aug 16, 2013 at 15:15
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    Brace yourself. This is a pluralization bug. ;) Commented Aug 16, 2013 at 15:21
  • well, at least there's 1 result for elect, oh wait... that leads to "How does editing work" Commented Aug 16, 2013 at 15:23
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    @BilltheLizard I ain't afraid of no gho...codinghorror!
    – Tim Stone
    Commented Aug 16, 2013 at 15:26
  • @OldCheckmark you found a typo in the help center with your search query. It should be "select" and not "elect".
    – Jehof
    Commented Aug 16, 2013 at 18:32
  • Yes the search is somehow confusing. The same is true for privileg and privileges
    – Jehof
    Commented Aug 16, 2013 at 18:34

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A fix for this just went out - the stemming analyzer was not appropriately being applied to the query here...it is now.

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