I searched for a way to search for some text and filter out a tag. That should be possible right? I think it should.
I found different answers, suggesting to add a minus before the brackets, or inside the brackets, or that YMMV. Well, both ways don't work.

Inside the brackets seems to be the 'right' way, as it shows on the right:

posts containing
within these tags
not batch

However, this gives me all questions containing the word help and the tag batch. All results do have the tag batch! :-(

Only using tags does work, but that's not what I need.

The proper behavior is not documented.

Am I missing something? Or is it just broken?

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The test -[tag] scenario has been supported since our latest search engine changes, so your search attempt of help -[batch] now works.

Note: we still don't support only a negative tag with no other search criteria...that's just millions of results helping no one.

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    Great! Except that searching for -[batch] should say that it doesn't work (and why). Mar 25, 2013 at 16:08

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