From my question here:

If I search for scorecardresearch I find my own question but not this one.

That question:

  • does not contain the text scorecardresearch in the plain question text;
  • does contain the text in answers.


Looks like a bug to me.

1 Answer 1


It's not a bug, it's a feature! What you've discovered is that the normal search function does not search through urls. This is likely because urls are often long and semi-unrelated to the topic at hand. The reason searching for url:scorecardresearch finds both questions is that both questions contain the url.

  • But it also looks like the search algorithm does not visit answers....
    – Jan Doggen
    Oct 12, 2018 at 8:30
  • The exact text scorecardresearch is not in the answer in your question, instead it is "scorecardresearch.com". The search algorithm does in fact view answers, such as this search, for example: meta.stackexchange.com/… Oct 12, 2018 at 14:08

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