How does the search work? How can I improve my search results?

Search looks for exact, case-insensitive keywords. You must include at least one keyword to search the content. Keywords must be at least 3 characters, and punctuation is ignored.

  • OR Search: Use upper-case “OR” to get more results.
    Example: cat OR dog (content contains either "cat" or "dog").
  • AND Search: You can use upper-case “AND” to require all words, but this is the same as the default behaviour.
    Example: cat AND dog (same as cat dog, content must contain both "cat" and "dog").
  • Phrase Search: Use quotes to search for a phrase.
    Example: "the cat eats mice".
  • Exclusionary Search: You can precede keywords by “-“ to exclude them; you must still have at least one "positive" keyword.
    Example: cat -dog (content must contain cat and cannot contain dog).
    Tip: A single search can include multiple quoted phrases as well as individual words to further refine the results.
  • Advanced Search: With the advanced search you can look for "any of these words" (same as standard search), a concrete “phrase”, or both. You can rule out words you don't want (“None of the words”), and you can choose content types within which to confine your search.
    You can also choose to only scan content marked in a specific language, for example if you use search-words that are existent in multiple languages (“Angel” means fishing rod in German and that’s definitely not a winged being from the heavens).
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