This is network-wide, I'll demonstrate with dba.SE

Searching for localisation gives 5 results: localisation, localised, localisation, localised and localisation

Searching for localization gives 2481 results, localization appears but also words like local, locale, locally.

Searching for color and colour also gives different results.

Can the configuration be tweaked to ignore American and British English spelling differences?

  • To be clear, if you search for 'colour', you also want everything with 'color', correct? (and the reverse, of course) – Tim Post Jul 15 '14 at 8:41
  • @TimPost correct. Likewise, if I search for 'localisation' I also want to see the results I would get from searching for 'localization'. – Stijn Jul 15 '14 at 8:41
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    ...except on EL&U, where it might be significant. – jscs Jul 15 '14 at 18:52
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    Zomeone zhould write a uzerzcript that juzt putz zeez where they belongz. – Shog9 Jul 17 '14 at 3:53
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    Why not simply auto-correct all "American English" words into their proper English equivalents? :) – Lightness Races in Orbit Jul 17 '14 at 11:39
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    @Shog9 I can't pronounce "zhould" correctly. You ruined my day. – R. Martinho Fernandes Jul 17 '14 at 11:41
  • Related: Search is too accent-sensitive – Stijn Sep 3 '14 at 10:05
  • @R.MartinhoFernandes. I think /zh/ is commonly used in simple phonetics to indicate the sound in the middle of leisure. – TRiG Oct 1 '14 at 16:28
  • @LightnessRacesinOrbit. While I tend to write -ise myself, out of force of habit, I actually prefer -ize. It's also favoured by Oxford. – TRiG Oct 1 '14 at 16:29
  • @TRiG OUP is the only English publication to do so. – Lightness Races in Orbit Oct 1 '14 at 16:43
  • I've had this issue too lately, since I typically use a lot of UK spellings, such as colour, programme, and -ise. This post hasn't seen any activity for almost a year now. Have there been any updates on fixing this? – SarahofGaia Jul 24 '15 at 17:37

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