We used to be able to use symbols in search, but that now appears to be broken.

I'd expect a search for [python] += list to return a result, but instead the search engine appears to put quotes around the whole request; the search box shows the search has been replaced with "[python] += list" and the specific result I was looking for doesn't appear among the returned questions.

Using quotes around the symbols do not seem to help here; [python] "+=" list returns an empty result.

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    Not meant as a solution but as a temporary work-around use SEDE although not useful if you're looking for recent posts or when you have a major tag (python just happens to work...) – rene Mar 9 '15 at 10:31
  • You have only hit the tip of an iceberg. This behavior is far more expansive than anyone realizes. – Laurel Jun 7 '16 at 2:33
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    Note to future self: if this is ever fixed, remember to add instructions back to the help center: meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/368516/… – Shog9 May 30 '18 at 19:14

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