I'm 100% sure I saw a question about HDMI which may not have been asked more than 4 hours ago, but it was not in the result list when I entered HDMI in the search field.

Then I noticed: when I enter "HDMI" as search term, it searches for the tag instead. Is this the expected behavior? And is it really my task to find out that I have to enter "HDMI" to get other results?

Can we at least have an indicator that some magic happened, e.g.

You entered HDMI. We're looking for questions tagged instead. Search for "HDMI" instead.

  • I've added the tag to that question in case this is the cause of any confusion.
    – goldilocks
    Aug 31, 2016 at 18:01

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Yes, this is expected behavior.

See what happens when you search for status-completed here. If you don't want to search for the tag, use quotes. "status-completed" or "hdmi" should do the trick.

  • Well, that's what I found out as well. It may also be the expected behavior. But doing magic without informing the user is not nice. I'm human. I can't recognize magic Aug 31, 2016 at 18:03
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    I bet you 14 million dollars that's not the only magic you can't recognize. ;)
    – M.A.R.
    Aug 31, 2016 at 18:04
  • @ThomasWeller I think the interface has evolved over time to reflect something about a median in the user base -- sort of like an IDE, some of it may be perplexing, counter-intuitive, un- or obscurely documented, etc., but that's a difficult set of engineering questions to chew on: Can you cater to all skill levels without stepping on the toes of others? If so, are the resources available? If not, what are the priorities? And so on...
    – goldilocks
    Aug 31, 2016 at 18:07
  • By analogy, the trend in e.g., mobile apps seems to be no documentation -- hopefully the user is just familiar with whatever convention might imply in context (as I think is the case here) or else it is "gramma still can't use a VCR", and hopefully either gramma can afford a consultant or there is some family or community group around to provide her with assistance.
    – goldilocks
    Aug 31, 2016 at 18:11
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    @goldilocks, no documentation fits the Pi quite well.
    – Ghanima
    Aug 31, 2016 at 19:02

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