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I searched for "stack overflow" in the search bar, but it doesn't list the results normally. Instead, it redirects me to the tag .

Why is this happening, and how can I search for posts literally containing "stack overflow"?

marked as duplicate by angussidney, Nathan Tuggy, Sonic the Reinstate Monica-hog, Ward - Reinstate Monica, Robert Longson Jun 30 '18 at 6:19

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    Your desire doesn't make much sense. You want questions about Stack Overflow... The stackoverflow tag here on Meta is exactly for questions which are about Stack Overflow. Why would you want to search for the words instead? – animuson Jun 19 '15 at 21:00
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    Because the search results tell me to go to stackoverflow.com. I want to go flaggin' people on MSE talking about SO. Flaggin', flaggin'! Yeah! – clickbait Jun 19 '15 at 21:02
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    It doesn't redirect you to stackoverflow.com, it's just a message to try and get people to post new questions in the appropriate place. The tag search still gives you a list of all the questions with the tag. – animuson Jun 19 '15 at 21:04
  • I know it doesn't, but it won't show search results and all it says is to go to stackoverflow.com for those questions. – clickbait Jun 19 '15 at 21:06
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    It shows over 5,000 results... What page are you looking at? Are you sure you're not on the featured tab or something? – animuson Jun 19 '15 at 21:07
  • There is no featured tab, and it says I'm on the featured tab. – clickbait Jun 19 '15 at 21:20
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    It remembers what tab you were on before. So if you went to the featured tab previously and then searched for something that yields no featured questions, you end up with a blank page and an invisible tab. Just click on one of the others and you should see everything fine. – animuson Jun 19 '15 at 21:22
  • But there's another bug: why isn't the featured tab visible? – clickbait Jun 19 '15 at 21:22
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    Why do you need to search for questions to flag? Don't waste people's time looking for old MSE posts just for the purposes of flagging them – psubsee2003 Jun 20 '15 at 8:44
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    @AIE that is quite confusing, since searching with quotes does not redirect to the tag page. – Shadow The Princess Wizard Jun 4 '16 at 14:56
  • @Brad I flagged the other question as a duplicate of this question. Why does it always backfire on me? – clickbait Jun 30 '18 at 3:58
  • Probably because the other question has been there for 7+ years and has more votes and such? – Brad Jun 30 '18 at 4:15
  • @Brad There are also 2 questions linked as duplicates of this one. – clickbait Jun 30 '18 at 4:19

That's the default behavior - if the search term happens to be one of the top 40 tags, you are redirected to that tag's page.

If you really want to search for the word "stackoverflow", put it between quotes: "stackoverflow".

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    That actually only happens if the search term matches one of the top 40 tags for the site. – animuson Jun 19 '15 at 20:56
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    @ani Thanks for noticing this! – nicael Jun 19 '15 at 20:59
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    OP knows this - this question is actually a feature request asking to change this. – Shadow The Princess Wizard Jun 19 '15 at 21:00
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    @nicael I was just trying to point out that it only happens for the top 40 tags. The stackoverflow tag is the sixth top tag here on Meta, so it should happen here. It wouldn't on Stack Overflow, though. – animuson Jun 19 '15 at 21:02
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    @ani LOL and I've browsed SO. Okay. – nicael Jun 19 '15 at 21:02
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    @Sha who said that?.. He doesn't. – nicael Jun 19 '15 at 21:05

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