When I search help there is an error «An error has occurred while searching: The search backend returned an error:» it does not say what the error is. Help search is broken. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Shabratha (talk • contribs) 13:58, 2 July 2014 (UTC)
@Shabratha: thank you for pointing this out. There is currently technical work happening on Wikipedia's search functions. I have tested the search function on the contents page and I get the same error. I will ask for technical assistance. --Pine✉ 16:13, 2 July 2014 (UTC)
I don't want beta features. I want help to work. Kindly do the needful. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Shabratha (talk • contribs) 09:10, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
@Shabratha: The new "beta" search is due to become the default search here on August 27 (mw:Search#Timeline). Since the existing search code is being phased out, I doubt if anyone will be trying to fix it. So your options are to enable "beta" search or to wait for the new code. Please remember that most of the code developers are unpaid volunteers, just like the editors and administrators here. -- John of Reading (talk) 09:35, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
Help page says I should try FAQ, but FAQ search is broken too. Shabratha (talk) 10:00, 3 July 2014 (UTC) This is stupid. I tried fixing a picture which is against copyright, but nothing happened, so I came to Help. The help page does not mention copyright, so I tried help search. Help search is broken so I asked here, and the answer isn't «Here's how to do it», the answer is «Yes we know help search is broken, wait 2 months». Then I tried FAQ, but FAQ search is broken too. Then I asked at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Media_copyright_questions but no answer. Then I tried the beta search. Beta search sent me to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Copyright_problems but that says «Image copyright concerns are not handled on this board». It then sent me to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:CSD but that is very wikitechnical and has no help. If insiders know that beta search works and help search doesn't work, why do the help and FAQ pages use the broken one? This is stupid and it is a waste of time. Shabratha (talk) 10:28, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
@Shabratha: I'm sorry you got frustrated. The "search" boxes at Help:Contents and Wikipedia:FAQ use whichever search has been chosen by the user doing the search; there's nothing available in the software that can change this behaviour. I've tried searching for the word "copyright" in both these search boxes and got some fairly sensible answers.
Not done: as you have not requested a change, but I suspect you are in the wrong place, as this page is only to discuss improvements to Help:Contents.
If you want to suggest a change, please request this in the form "Please replace XXX with YYY" or "Please add ZZZ between PPP and QQQ".
Given the nature of this page, you will also need to reach consensus before any significant changes are implemented. - Arjayay (talk) 14:40, 5 February 2015 (UTC)