When I put a simple query into Data Explorer search box it yields nothing. The same query in google works, giving the expected result at the top.

It's not tag related as in this question (because wrapping the words with quotes together, or separately doesn't change the result), nor it does contain dots as in this question.

I don't think that the answer about Google's "bilions of dollars and hundreds of developers" is relevant, as "archaeologist progress" are just two simple words.

So my question is: is it a bug, or a feature? ;)


It's a feature that sucks so badly that I'm willing to call it bug-ish. The search just does a simple LIKE '%terms%' against the query title/descriptions, so your search fails because while those words are in the title, they are not consecutive. Adding in the missing word works, although I can't say that the results are very helpful either.

The reality is that search on Data Explorer greatly needs to be improved to be effective, which I hope will happen sooner than later.

  • Any traction with this? This is search 101 stuff. I'm a bit amazed (and almost ashamed) that there isn't a text-based search engine powering search on data explorer. It would be straightforward to implement (I have done this myself at a commercial site). And I won't even (re)open the "support for regex search" issue... – Bohemian Mar 22 '14 at 13:14

Given Tim's answer, a current workaround is to separate words with % to get them to be considered not sequentially.

I.e. this works for the moment.

  • Thanks, that's great! Tim's answer seems "better" though, because the question wasn't about solving the problem, but explaining it. I'd set both answers as accepted if I could, sorry. Regardless of the fact that reputation is meaningless here, I'm still feeling bad, that an up-vote is the only possibility for me to reward this answer :) – BartoszKP Oct 15 '13 at 9:41
  • @BartoszKP That's OK I upvoted Tim's answer too. I almost made mine a comment, but it is an answer, in that it is an unintended feature :-) – Mark Hurd Oct 16 '13 at 5:10

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