If I am looking for the maths section of the stack exchange network, I would expect it to come under a search for maths. However for some reason typing maths into the search box returns no results.
Can this be fixed?
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The problem you are running into is frankly a localization issue, not in the programming sense, but just in general language sense.
"Maths" is not a word in US English (honestly, I cringe every time I see it typed, but I realize that it is common place in people who learned UK English).
The site is called Mathematics not Maths.SE and the search is incredibly unforgiving because it is looking for exact matches and
does not consider the URL nor does not consider pluralization. Hence, when you type "Maths", the search does not find a match.
This would impact any site in which you tried to find a plural form of the site name, so it is not unique to Math.SE.
As Mark and Kate point out in the comments, the site search under the Stack Exchange button in the new topbar is looking for exact matches with the site name and the description, not the site URL. So searching for 1
cooking will yield nothing, whereas searching for
Seasoned Advice will find the appropriate sites. Searching for
Home Improvement will return the Home Improvement site because DIY is in the description of the site.
1 - this functionality was just fixed so searching by URL name is now supported