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Search for diamond (♦) symbol doesn't work [duplicate]

Just tried to search for the diamond symbol (♦) and got no results. It seems that searching for any single symbol is not implemented. For instance: Search for point Search for comma Even more, ...
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Why are these symbols and numbers in my ID?

I don't care about my reputation, but I have some confusion about symbols in my Stack Exchange ID (shown below) I don't understand the meaning of these symbols and numbers. Why are these symbols and ...
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Where should questions about web searches for special characters live?

A useful thing for programmers and other users of mathematical symbols is searching for special characters on search engines. E.g. searching for the meaning of $~ in Perl, or named mathematical sets ...
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How to type a dash (— or –) instead of a hyphen(-) in Stack Exchange?

On Mac and some other systems, typing two hyphens quickly "--", would be automatically converted to an em dash "—" or an en dash "–" depending on the setting. But Stack Exchange fields are different, ...
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Search using symbols is broken

We used to be able to use symbols in search, but that now appears to be broken. I'd expect a search for [python] += list to return a result, but instead the search engine appears to put quotes around ...
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If we reject foreign language posts, why do we allow non-Latin/symbol user names?

SO is an English language site (the lingua franca of the IT world). But there are lots of users names that are partially or wholly comprised with non-English characters, especially "non letters" (...
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Should moderators have a special symbol on their display picture?

Just wondering should there be a special icon or something on a moderator's display picture so we get to know he is a moderator on Stack Overflow?
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Unable to search for === [duplicate]

I had a question the differences between Javascript and PHP's handling of == vs === (== vs === in Javascript). I tried to be a good user and do a search but it looks like it errors or least returns no ...
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One-character search terms should not always be stop words

I tried searching for "ɣ" on Linguistics. Rather than performing the search, it displays the blank Search page. (With the previous search, it had displayed a search help page.) Presumably, it ...
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Searching for "PHP ===" is worthless on stackoverflow [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: We need to be able to search for punctuation (symbols) There's a recent question asking the difference between PHP's == and ===: What's the difference between == and ===? ...
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What are the numbers / symbols to the right of my reputation counter?

I'm referring to the colored circles with numbers next to them on the top of the page, to the right of my reputation counter. What do they represent?
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How do I search for syntax stuff like "==="? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it possible to search for punctuation/special characters? I just did a search on javascript === on StackOverflow, and was taken to the page with all questions tagged ...
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What does @user mean? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the relevance of “ @ “ in comments? I often see @user here and there in the comments. What, pray tell, does it mean and what is it used for?
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What is the relevance of "@" in comments? [duplicate]

Why do users use @ ("commercial at," or "at sign") in their comments? Does it actually route the comment to the name provided after the @? What is the right format of using it?
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We need to be able to search for punctuation (symbols)

Every week or so you get, say, a question about the difference between '==' and '===' in PHP. Of course it inevitably gets closed as a duplicate but some people apparently feel the need to leave ...
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