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Revision as of 16:57, November 10, 2016

To search any Fandom community, you can use the search box at the top of every page. Using the icon drop-down at the left of the search box, you can switch between local and global searches (across a single community versus across all of Fandom).

Features

As of 2016/09, the search is powered by a custom engine[1]. This includes certain features such as:

  • Stemming [2] — for some languages (e.g. English) it can automatically match words that share a common root. This means that when searching for "practice", the engine also looks for "practicing", practices", "practiced" and so forth.
  • Boolean search — this provides options to filter the search by using optional keywords, such as "AND", "OR", and "NOT".

Additional features:

  • Cross-wiki — the search engine matches content from other wikis, based on certain keywords related to them.
  • Search by file types — namely videos or images.

Advanced Search

Your initial search will likely only search the main namespace, plus a few others. After you search, you may find that you need to expand your search to other areas of the wiki. To do this, click the "Advanced" link that appears at the upper right side of the search results page. It will open a box that allows you to select more namespaces and continue searching.

Advanced-search-1

Advanced search allows you to select more namespaces

Search Keywords

The search engine allows certain keywords that may yield more or less results. One should note that certain symbols are ignored and stripped from the search results, for example, Paper&planes is equivalent to Paper OR planes , or Paper planes.

Boolean operators

These operators can be used to filter results by using words such as "AND" , "OR" , and "NOT".

NOT
This excludes a certain word from search, e.g. "Infobox NOT portable" -> results.
OR
This is the default search, and is used whenever there is a space, symbol or keyword the search engine ignores, e.g. "Infobox OR portable" === "Infobox portable" -> results.
AND
This is an inclusive search including all terms, e.g. "Infobox AND portable" -> results.
Combined
The above keywords can be combined to yield different and sometimes better results, e.g. "Infobox AND portable NOT classic".

Note: As of 2016/09 the search engine does not support searching for an exact phrase (or term) search even when quotes are included, e.g. "Infobox portable" is always equivalent to Infobox OR portable.

Other ways to find pages

How to create a search box

  • To add a search box to any article, just type: <inputbox>type = search</inputbox> in the classic editor. It will produce this box:

Next pages

Further help and feedback

References

  1. User blog:Daniel Baran/Search Developments: Big Picture
  2. Stemming for full-text. https://dev.mysql.com/worklog/task/?id=2423. Retrieved 2016/10/07
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