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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It seems that "no" is disregarded completely in index wordpress.stackexchange.com/search?q=no&submit=search –  Rarst Nov 19 '12 at 13:31
    
@Rarst so how do we fix that? –  Chip Bennett Nov 19 '12 at 16:48
    
Try noconflict. –  toscho Nov 19 '12 at 22:03

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From brief checking in at mod room and global meta:

Basically:

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

[update]

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

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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". –  Chip Bennett Nov 19 '12 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 Nov 19 '12 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. –  Chip Bennett Nov 19 '12 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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