I wanted to find C++ questions containing placement new in an answer, but not in the title. I tried:

[c++] placement new -title:placement

This seemed to ignore the -title:placement term, as many of the results had placement in the title


[c++] placement new title:-placement

This found nothing, although when I scanned through the results of the search without the title term, there was at least one result that should have matched.

  • Even with the advanced search techniques, you can't mix question and answer specific queries. Your question-specific query is: [c++] title:? (whatever ? is) while your answer-specific query is: "placement new". Moreover, negating title queries don't seem to work.
    – Werner
    Jun 7, 2014 at 5:55
  • That's the main thing I was looking for, negating the title query. I was trying to find dupes for stackoverflow.com/questions/24091979/… so I wanted to find questions that mention placement new, but don't know what it is. While it would be best if it weren't in the title or question, I figured negating the title would get rid of most of the false positives.
    – Barmar
    Jun 7, 2014 at 8:52
  • Someone else ended up closing it as a dupe of a question that asks what placement new is used for, which isn't quite the same thing, although close enough.
    – Barmar
    Jun 7, 2014 at 8:53
  • There is, of course, always the SEDE.
    – Werner
    Jun 7, 2014 at 13:53

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I'm not entirely sure this is what you're trying to do, but use the body term to search the body, then the title term to remove posts with it in the title

[c++] -title:placement body:placement

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  • 1
    I just tried that. One of the results is "Q: keep the track of placement delete against placement new", another is "A: Allocating object to predefined address in c++ without placement new method"
    – Barmar
    Jun 6, 2014 at 23:51
  • If you add is:answer it at least isn't in any of the titles on the first page
    – mhlester
    Jun 6, 2014 at 23:57

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