The Stack Exchange search engine allows some parameters with boundaries, like


There's a problem with the boundary from X to infinity:


When used in a question, answer, or a comment the trailing dots are not parsed as a link (also check with the comment behind this post):


Proposed solution

Search page URL should have a trailing + symbol, which becomes a space in the search string. The search query should stay the same, and the URL be like



Such link should open like this (no change from current behaviour):

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I'm aware of the + symbol and can add it manually. But it would be great if the URL automatically contained it, so anybody who copy-pastes the URL string would have a valid URL.


1 Answer 1


Just add a + to the end of the URL:

Alternatively, you can forcibly treat the entire string as a link, using standard Markdown:

  • Thanks, it solves half the issue. Indeed, I'd like this to be added to URL by the engine, so that everybody gets a valid URL by copying it from a browser tab. Jul 19, 2015 at 13:13
  • @Nick This is more of a problem with the Markdown parsing process. Both URLs, with and without +, are valid and work correctly. It's just that the auto-linking on plain links doesn't hyperlink the entire link. You can force this in numerous ways with Markdown, but the original link is a valid URL.
    – grg
    Jul 19, 2015 at 13:17
  • I agree that it is valid. But since there's seems to be no way to fix it directly in Markdown (what if I just put a dot after my link?), I'd like to have this crutch. So it's a crutch-request, heh ) Jul 19, 2015 at 13:26

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