Searching with Quotation Marks July 17, 2002 2:20 PM   Subscribe

Words or phrases enclosed in quotation marks (e.g. "too much") are ignored by the search app, while the the same words work fine when used without the quotes. What gives?
posted by me3dia to Bugs at 2:20 PM (10 comments total)

Could it be that the search app actually includes the quotations as part of the search, and thus will only find "too much" when the phrase is actually contained in quotes?

On reflection, that can't be the case, because the search app would have at least found this thread. Hmmmm.
posted by monju_bosatsu at 2:25 PM on July 17, 2002

I doubt it's got this one cataloged yet.

I was thinking it was maybe a result of the system not recognizing extended ASCII, although it seems like quotes would be OK even so.
posted by me3dia at 2:31 PM on July 17, 2002

I take that back -- this thread shows up its results for too much now. Throws my idea out, and yours.
posted by me3dia at 2:33 PM on July 17, 2002

"too much"

posted by vacapinta at 2:45 PM on July 17, 2002

Works fine for much" but not for "too. Which implies that a doublequote at the start of a search term is ignored, so searching for "too much" is probably actually searching for too much". The proof of the pudding will be revealed once I've posted this comment.
posted by MUD at 2:46 PM on July 17, 2002

The phrase "too much noise" appears in another thread. If you type that term in, with the quotes, it shows up as a hit.
posted by vacapinta at 2:50 PM on July 17, 2002

Curses! Time to hang up my deerstalker, methinks.

But there also appears to be a larger problem with multiple search terms that are non-consecutive.
posted by MUD at 2:55 PM on July 17, 2002

That's what I was getting at, MUD.

It looks as though, instead of treating quotes as if they're encapsulating a multi-word search term, it's treating the quotes as part of the search term. Not only that, but if more than one word is entered, they must be consecutive to actually get a return; if not, they don't go anywhere.

posted by me3dia at 3:02 PM on July 17, 2002

it's a lame search engine, so shoot me.

There aren't any boolean operators allowed. It's a dumb search engine that only searches for the exact word or phrase you enter.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 4:37 PM on July 17, 2002

Gotcha. Well, I guess that can wait. More important things than this.
posted by me3dia at 6:48 PM on July 17, 2002

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