While attempting to respond to a particular question on the main site, potentially involving jQuery no-conflict, I attempted to search the site for previous questions/answers in included explicitly jQuery +"no-conflict" (and a second attempt at just "no-conflict"). In both cases, the search results returned hits for "conflict" rather than for "no-conflict".

Is there something wrong with the search function, or do I just need more coffee?


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From brief checking in at mod room and global meta:


  1. yes it works like that
  2. use Google instead


It seems that in future current search backend is getting scrapped and replaced with better solution, that will allow precise matching: A new search engine for Stack Exchange

  • Sure enough, Google site search returns meaningful results. I understand the need for search filtering, but a filter that strips words from explicit search strings (such as jquery +"no-conflict") are... well, I would say "asinine", but I'll be more gracious, and leave it at "short-sighted". Commented Nov 19, 2012 at 17:07
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    @Chip Bennett I don't disagree, but we have what we have :) sadly search at SE has bit of a history of being non-priority... If there wasn't Google I'd guess it would be different story, but there just isn't enough pressure as it is.
    – Rarst
    Commented Nov 19, 2012 at 17:11
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    "We have what we have" - yes, but it creates a compounded problem. We already have enough trouble dealing with duplicate questions. Consider the question at hand: we've dealt with the jQuery no-conflict question ad nauseum, and yet new users can't actually search the site to find those questions. (And no: they're not going to click a blank search, then submit a new search query from the Google field in the Search Tips page. That's just not practical, nor is it reasonable to expect new users to jump through such hoops. Commented Nov 19, 2012 at 17:18

I don't know of a single case, where "more coffee" isn't the right suggestion. No matter if that will be the solution, but yes, more coffee.

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