While writing this question I noticed we don't actually document how tags and wildcards interact.

As per the help pages we document them separately:

To search within specific tag(s), enter them in square brackets: seat searches for mentions of "seat" within the tag.

Use wildcard searches to broaden results; add an asterisk (*) anywhere in the word, like encour* or Ex*nge.

It's not too bad, but because the wild cards get expanded, you need to constantly re-enter them in the non-expanded form.

Can we please document this?

  • I don't understand what you're saying. Can you provide an example?
    – OrangeDog
    Jul 16, 2022 at 20:56
  • @OrangeDog try searching for [help-center*] Jul 16, 2022 at 22:37
  • I see. But why do you have to constantly re-enter them? It seems to work just fine.
    – OrangeDog
    Jul 18, 2022 at 7:33
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    @OrangeDog If you search for [status-*], your search term (and the search URL) gets converted to the expanded form [status-completed] or [status-bydesign] or [status-declined] or [status-norepro] or [status-deferred] or [status-review] or [status-planned] or [status-reproduced]. That makes adjusting your terms for subsequent searches, at the very least, a little more annoying.
    – zcoop98
    Jul 18, 2022 at 15:39


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