If you make a search for something that returns more than 10,000 items in result. For example, search for only one letter "a" return 161,338 results on MSE. But if you select a page where 10,000+ result should be shown:

Select page

In the edge case page 3227 shows zero results:


But this is actual for any page where per_page * page_number is more than 10,000.

Though this does not happen for Stack Overflow in English. It looks like all other sites are affected.

Related bug report on ruSO.meta: Не работает страница поиска с номером >200 | Search page number >200 is bugged

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    While this is reasonable to limit the search results to prevent exhausting the server, they should indicate this somehow, not let us believe there are more results when there aren't. – Shadow Wizard is Vaccinating Nov 13 '17 at 14:02
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    @ShadowWizard for SO there is no limit. Propably because of some users have more than 10000 posts! – αλεχολυτ Nov 13 '17 at 14:31
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    Searches are indeed currently limited to 10,000 results total, but that's not by-design and the dev team is currently investigating. – animuson Nov 13 '17 at 15:20
  • @animuson you have about 2 more weeks, if you plan to keep the 6-8 week interval. – αλεχολυτ Nov 13 '17 at 15:49
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    english.meta.stackexchange.com/q/11037/3559 also reports this bug. I have found the upper limit is page 200 for regular stacks and page 666 for meta.se – Meta Ellen Dec 20 '17 at 0:10
  • What possible gain is there to have, say, 20,000 results for any given search item? Even when I get 1,000 hits I know I have to narrow down my search request. Have you tried searching something other than "a"? – Mari-Lou A Jun 5 '18 at 6:51
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    @Mari-LouA That doesn't mean it's not a bug. 10000+ results may be less than useful but sometimes that's what you need. The related chat search bug, for example makes it impossible for me to see my earliest messages in a chat room without knowing what the messages say. – Catija Jun 5 '18 at 11:46
  • Is there any chance of an update on this? If the results are limited, it should say so, not just suddenly have 0 results once you get to a page beyond what it'll show you. Though preferably, it should be able to show all of the results rather than truncating them at all. – 3D1T0R Jul 31 '18 at 23:24
  • @3D1T0R I'm afraid not. Guess we just have to accept the fact the bug won't be fixed. :) – Shadow Wizard is Vaccinating Oct 16 '18 at 7:06
  • Grrr. I find this issue very annoying. :-/ – 3D1T0R Oct 16 '18 at 16:34
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    @3D1T0R I'm glad to be wrong.. it was fixed now. – Shadow Wizard is Vaccinating Jan 9 '19 at 14:05
  • @ShadowWizard: W00T!!! ☺ – 3D1T0R Jan 9 '19 at 17:52

This was fixed in a subsequent update to Stack Overflow, but was just now fixed for the entire network (thanks for the comments!).

Though we may limit search results eventually (because of Elastic performance), there aren't any plans to unless we're forced to.


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