Sometimes, when I do a search with two criteria, the search URL ends up containing a space (rather than a +), and then, sometimes, the server doesn't return the actual results, just the count and pagination. This is semi-reproducible: hitting reload may or may not return the results.

Here's example content returned from http://scifi.stackexchange.com/search?page=2&tab=relevance&q=deleted%3a1%20hasaccepted%3a0 (obtained by searching deleted:1 hasaccepted:0 and clicking on next to get the second page of results). Just now, the third page at http://scifi.stackexchange.com/search?page=3&tab=relevance&q=deleted%3a1%20hasaccepted%3a0 works fine. The screenshot was in Chrome 11.0.696.48, but I've had the exact same bug in Firefox 4.0 (if there's any caching shared between them, my ISP is being extremely naughty). I haven't been able to reproduce the bug with a general-public search, but I stopped trying when I hit the search rate limit.

screenshot with search missing results

  • This is because deleted:1 is not a generally available search option, I'll fix the search results count display for this case. Apr 26, 2011 at 0:33
  • @Nick: Just to be clear, I am a moderator on scifi.SE, so I should be seeing the results. And sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. I haven't had a problem before tonight. Apr 26, 2011 at 0:38
  • Sorry, to be clear on my side: it's a caching issue for mod vs non-mod :) Apr 26, 2011 at 0:41

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To be safe on deleted: searches for moderators, that case needs it's own cache key to avoid conflict with another user running the same search. This will be fixed in the next build.

  • I still see the bug on build rev 2011.4.29.1. Apr 29, 2011 at 0:09
  • And I still see the same behavior on build rev 2011.5.7.2. Or does the fix require me to log out and back in for some reason? If not, this is not fixed. May 7, 2011 at 13:55
  • @Gilles - I'll take another look in the morning, been a busy day today, and about to head out again May 7, 2011 at 22:39
  • No worries, as bugs go this is pretty minor. I think since your first change the behavior has become consistent: the first page of results always works the first time, and reloading it or loading other result pages shows “no matches” but the correct number of matches and result pages. May 8, 2011 at 11:05
  • @Gilles - in a push later today this will be fixed for good, there are a lot of code paths here and deleted:1 was slipping through in a particularly unusual way. May 24, 2011 at 17:03

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