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Improved searching driven by test cases

There have been improvements to search in the past, but that good work should never cease. Every improvement to search should help the moderators. (Because people are more likely to find pre-existing ...
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How can I browse through tags that contain the character “+”?

I noticed that Stack Overflow en español has a tag named [php+codeigniter+mysql+jquery]: You can browse in https://es.stackoverflow.com/tags. However, if I click on the tag it sends me to https://es....
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Can we add “results found on these sites” and “sort by time” function to “search all sites”?

When searching all sites on StackExchange, sometimes the returned results are too many. I wonder if we can add the following function: results found on these sites: so it gives a summary for the ...
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Where can I find examples of Stack Exchange search queries?

Is there a dataset available to the research community that contains example queries for Stack Exchange results related to sotware? By search queries I mean "pandas to_csv tab delimiter" and ...
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How can I sort answers that comprise at least 1 picture by votes?

I've always loved Math SE's [visualization] tag, and posts like Visually stunning math concepts which are easy to explain. Some people learn best visually. Other SE's like Math Educators and ...
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Search by answers

Maybe this topic has already been discussed here, but I couldn’t find an answer to it. I remember having read answers which talked about a specific issue (which was not necessarily closely related to ...
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Search on MSE is broken [duplicate]

I was trying to use the in page search to find a post and... it doesn't work. It just does nothing for a long while, then throws me a we're currently offline for maintenance. While I use an ...
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Search filter UI for recent posts

It would be useful, and probably easy to implement, to have a search filter UI for questions or answers posted recently, for example: past 24 hours past 7 days past 30 days past 12 months any time ...
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Sort Stack Exchange search results by site?

I searched for perl on Stack Exchange to see where questions about Perl were being asked. I would like to see the results sorted by site on Stack Exchange (and maybe a count for each site). I know ...
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Duplicate results when i am searching tags on SO [closed]

I have tried to search 2 tags(PostgreSQL, Mysql) on Stackover Flow. But search results are showing every question 2 times like below image. Whether its a bug? It should not behave like this.
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Why does searching on Stack Overflow and other communities not have spelling correction?

Why does searching on Stack Overflow and other communities not have spelling correction? Something similar to Google's spelling correction...
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The 'infavorites' search query is broken on Stack Exchange [duplicate]

I'm pretty sure this link worked some day in the past: https://stackexchange.com/search?q=infavorites%3Amine+ It should only display your favorites from all Stack Exchange sites. Instead, the filter ...
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Something is wrong with the search function when dealing with Devanagari letters

I wanted to locate this answer of mine and I remember that I have cited a Sanskrit verse "द्वा सुपर्णा...." (see the first quote in the answer) and hence I entered that string in search bar ...
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HEIC is for horses…

Seriously, I was attempting to search for threads in the Photography Stack Exchange site and did a search for “HEIC” with sorting ordered by “Votes” and it seems the search logic — whatever that might ...
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Search question titles from all questions I have interacted with

This is basically a follow up to this popular thread, Can I search my comments using some keyword(s)?, with a similar reasoning behind it: I am sure I have seen an question already to a given problem ...
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What filter should I use to get a good number of upvoted answers and those are new?

I was said to use the search bar to see how upvoted questions look like and that too new ones. I saw the filter and if I filter by votes, I get 11-year-old posts and if I filter for newest I get 0 ...
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How do I search for code fragments that are punctuation? For example, how do I search for the strings ||: or ->? [duplicate]

How do I search for code fragments that are punctuation? For example, how do I search for ||: or -> ? Is there a way to search for these sorts of things in StackExchange? Here's what I've ...
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Search doesn't allow exact phrase “[=1]” [duplicate]

Is there any additional advanced search operators that would enforce the existence of [=1] in search results? Using double quote "[=1]" does not work. I couldn't find relevant info in https://...
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Search for usernames across the network

In Charcoal HQ, from time to time, we create a detection for a username which has been used in a lot of spam posts across the network. We need to make sure that the username being considered for use ...
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Quality of search results in general

I didn't really know how to break this down or ask it in a way that would be focused and concretely provable and answerable. It may very well be "in my head", but I am reasonably confident it is not, ...
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Searching for some users on SO returns a list sorted by incorrect order

Some username search results are not correctly sorted by highest reputation on Stack Overflow. Steps to reproduce: Visit https://stackoverflow.com/users In the Users Search Box enter the following ...
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Search results incorrect for [tag] -keyword

When attempting to refine a tag search by excluding a keyword, the list of results grows! I first observed this on Stack Overflow. Here is an MCVE from Christianity: Search for [gospel] - 24 ...
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Why does this search not return expected results?

I was searching for this post: Please Join Us in Welcoming Our New Meta Stack Exchange Moderators! I searched the following: body:moderator OR body:nominated OR body:nomination is:q closed:no score:...
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I've broken the search using a wildcard

Today I managed to break one of the two search bars in the screen: Steps to reproduce: Search for [feature-request] [status*] This automatically converts your wildcard tag to all options. If your ...
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How can I find questions marked as “community effort”?

Recently a new banner has appeared on some wiki questions where you can only edit existing answers rather than posting a new one: For instance: What is serial voting and how does it affect me? ...
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How to search all Stack Exchange sites for a specific tag [duplicate]

(I'm assuming that some tags exist on more than one site.) e.g. I tried doing search across all sites (i.e. here on META), for the tag iOS, by using syntax of [iOS], but the results seem to indicate ...
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How to get only accepted answer in return from the Stack Exchange API?

I found out that I could get only accepted questions from Stack Overflow using this API call. But now I want only the accepted answer to be part of the returned object; I don't need other answers. I ...
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Is there a way to search using more advanced notation?

First, I want to note that I've read the Search Help. What I am looking for is a way to group tags together into more advanced boolean statements. For example, I would like to run the following ...
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Is there a way to exclude from Stack Exchange Data Query posts that I have already viewed?

I want to become better at answering questions and making useful comments. My problem is that I've only been developing for a few years. I feel like I have the most to offer someone who has a low ...
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How can I do a wildcard title search?

I am trying to find my posts whose titles contain *idiom*, where "*" means any characters, such as 'Is it idiomatic to say “grammatical and idiomatic”?' I've tried user:109190 title:idiom*, user:...
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Searching for one term or the other

I'd like to create a search for multiple terms that all fall under one tag. I tried [c] "parameter" or "argument" With the intent of searching for c questions with either "parameter" or "argument" ...
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Search doesn't properly recognize smart quotes and reliably return the same results

This is not a duplicate of my prior post Allow search to recognize smart quotes the same way as straight quotes, which was a feature request asking for smart quote support, as it was previously ...
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keywords search on SEDE might need improvement

I wrote a query to list all posts for a given user by user id. SELECT id, PostTypeId, posts.Title, Body, CreationDate FROM posts WHERE posts.OwnerUserId = 9872 which could be found by search the ...
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How to find a sentence contains a sequence of specific words in a specific order?

I am trying to find the posts contain sentences like "*carefully *listen*". * stands for none or any characters carefully has to be put before listen carefully doesn't need to be next to ...
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How to find posts by part of keywords?

By using full keywords, I can find the expected post. using part of keywords can not. without the pair of quotation marks, I got unexpected post How to find posts by part of keywords?
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search results dropped my expected answer that contains every single words I entered

Note: I am not asking the discussion post about a specific question. I've already got that post. I am asking a general search skill. I encountered "No OpenID endpoint found" error just now. So, I ...
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Why does search for a question produce worse results than trying to ask a question when using stackoverflow? [duplicate]

For about a year now, I have done most of my SO searching using the "Ask Question" button rather than search bar. Case in point, this question: How do I turn off this highlighting for HTML in ...
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Is it possible to search some keywords in title only? [duplicate]

I am trying to search the posts whose titles contains some keywords, e.g. "all types of". So, I used this tag and a pair of quotation mark "" title: "all types of" the results shown above are ...
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How can I get the top x questions for a tag or set of tags based on number of views?

Is there a way to make a bookmarkable URL of a Stack Overflow search that yields top x questions for a tag or set of tags, based on number of views? Basically, the frequently asked questions. Looks ...
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Searching for words in question titles

I'm trying to search for questions that have specific words in their titles using the intitle search feature, but it seems that it does not return any search results. Using this feature, I tried to ...
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Answer links copied from search results don't onebox in chat

Once, I searched for a previous answer I wrote here to help out someone who was asking about a similar thing in chat. I copied the link to the answer I was looking for from the search results, and ...
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Search fails to find matching issues

When I search for the string "cwlogs.push.reader" "reason: timestamp could not be parsed from message" on Google, one of the top results is the following Stack Overflow question: AWS Clouwatch ...
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When not logged in, why is my search limited to 500 hits?

In answering this question I stumbled upon some peculiar behavior. No account: 500 hits Incognito mode: 500 hits I'm not sure why this is... Question: When not logged in, why is my search limited to ...
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How do I search for multiple tag combinations at once?

I would like to search for questions with foo and bar OR foo and foobar. So written in JavaScript it would look like this: if ((foo && bar) || (foo && foobar)) {} How can I achieve ...
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Text field and tabs becomes wider while fetching results in Users search [duplicate]

Whenever I add some text to search for users, the text field and the tabs on the right becomes unexpectedly wider. I'm using Firefox 72 and Chrome 79 on Ubuntu 18.04.
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Why does quoting [ ] characters not search for the [ ] characters in a post title?

I know there is a question recently about the usefulness of the filter. This is mentioned in the question title as "[Filter]". The full title is: Let's disambiguate / burninate [filter] When I ...
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Why some phrases auto recognised as tags and other not [duplicate]

In Stackoverflow when I search for angular it show me the tag [angular] and so I can follow it and when I search for vue or react it isn't. Angular search: Vue search: When I search for [vue] it is ...
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Tapping the back button clears search query and results [duplicate]

After searching question by tag and opening a result, tapping the back button is clearing the tag used to query and the results. Reproduce: tags → [tag] → tap a question → tap on the ...
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Using the “Search all sites” on the “All sites” page does something unexpected

I wanted to find the link to the site the name of which I forgot but knew a term it has to do with, so I went to https://stackexchange.com/sites which can be found by clicking "All sites" tab link ...
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Allow search to recognize smart quotes the same way as straight quotes

Search has a feature: enclose any specific phrase you're looking for in "quotes", and it will search for that exact phrase. However, that operator only works with "straight quotes", and not “smart ...

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