On Politics, I wanted to make a search for questions related to the conflict in Ukraine.

There are many questions on the topic which don't have the tag [ukraine] attached to them, but on searching for the keyword Ukraine, the system auto converts this to a tag search thereby excluding instances of the string without the tag.

As an answer to this previous question (Search bug: automatic string-tag conversion) marked as [status-by-design] explains:

This is how it's supposed to work, converting top tags only.

How can I bypass this inconvenience and search for all posts relating to a topic regardless of them possessing the tag or not? I.e. search for string and tag, or string or tag separately, either works. (using the search bar, not a code-heavy SEDE query, beyond my skillset.)

Blind as to if there's an answer or not, I'll make this a feature request in case it's not possible by means of the standard search bar on a site, i.e., can we have the facility to do this, please?


1 Answer 1


Just wrap your keyword in double quotes: searching for "ukraine" bypasses the tag conversion:

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though the first hit not tagged [ukraine] takes some scrolling: Why are PiS and Fidesz split over Russia (and Ukraine)?

  • Simple, neat solution that only myself wouldn't have thought of using :)
    – W.O.
    Jun 26, 2022 at 18:32

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