I did a search on the words "htc sense" and only one article came up. I started entering a question with the words HTC and sense in the title and several article were suggested with both words in the title. Is there a problem with search?

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  • You can always use Google site search: site:android.stackexchange.com htc sense – ale Oct 5 '10 at 19:33

As I noted in a comment, we do auto-convert search terms that match popular tags, into tags, if they are in the top (n) tags on a site.

This doesn't work so well for small sites though!

I added another sanity check so that we only do this auto-mapping when the # of questions in the tag is 200 or more.

So, this shouldn't be happening now.

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It appears that the default search treats terms as tags. "htc" would only find the htc tag. "sense" would only find the sense tag. htc-sense would be required to find htc-sense tag.

intitle:2 htc sense

Would be required to search for titles with "htc" and "sense".

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hmm, looks like the search doesn't pick up on the htc-sense tags, or the htc OR sense tags. This would be a question for Jeff, you may want to cross post it to meta.stackoverflow.com

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  • So, is search based only on tags? – BrianCooksey Oct 5 '10 at 15:35
  • @bcook no, we auto-map single words to popular tags -- because users kept doing really naive searches (e.g. "JAVA" on stack overflow) that were better expressed as tags – Jeff Atwood Oct 5 '10 at 22:09

Definitely something funny with search, I see no results searching for "google earth"


Even though there's a question with those words in that order in the title, a tag called google-earth, and I can remember seeing another couple of questions lately that reference Google Earth in the main question text.

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