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Semi-protected edit request on 9 January 2014[edit] (talk) 14:28, 9 January 2014 (UTC)

Not done: please be more specific about what needs to be changed. -- Arjayay (talk) 15:06, 9 January 2014 (UTC)

Jack Radics[edit]

{{request edit}} Jack Radics Biography

<<copyright violation removed>> — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:51, 8 February 2014 (UTC)

Please do not post copyrighted text anywhere at Wikipedia; text at Wikipedia must be available for re-use, even commercially, under a free license. For advice on creating an article at Wikipedia, please see "Your first article". -- John of Reading (talk) 07:46, 9 February 2014 (UTC)

Efficiency of the search engine[edit]

I noticed that changing a single letter in a word is enough for the search engine to fail in finding what you are searching for. For example, if I search Narcís Pascual i Colomer, the engine suggests to me Narciso Pascual i Colonel and then it won't find Narciso Pascual Colomer. Even if I search for Narciso Pascual i Colomer, it wont find Narciso Pascual Colomer. I have many other examples like that - ro:Discuție Ajutor:Căutare. It looks like the search is very weak. I can't say for sure, but I have the feeling that in 2008 worked better than now. I wonder why is that? —  Ark25  (talk) 07:09, 17 March 2014 (UTC)


Iam glad about wikipedia search-engine, i have not been disappointed of a single search i would make, and what of you: — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:12, 23 March 2014 (UTC)


HOW CAN I DO MY SEARCHING HERE — Preceding unsigned comment added by ERIC OGHOGHOSA (talkcontribs) 23:02, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

There is a search box at the top right. Help:Searching describes how to use it. PrimeHunter (talk) 23:14, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 22 May 2014[edit]

I realy don't under stand what you want me to do I onley went to the 9th g in school what I now I tout my self I am 49 and all I want is to found out if john Merrill is my great grandfather I was in foster care most of my childhood can you help me or not I have no money to pay for info that's why I am on your site.

sorry if I dident give you what you wanted I will go some wear elase if you cant help me.— Preceding unsigned comment added by Dee merrill (talkcontribs) 12:30, 22 May 2014

Sorry, we probably can't help much here, unless perhaps your great-grandfather is listed at this John Merrill page (click on the blue link). Wbm1058 (talk) 13:28, 22 May 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 5 June 2014[edit] (talk) 03:21, 5 June 2014 (UTC)

Red question icon with gradient background.svg Not done: it's not clear what changes you want to be made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format. – Wdchk (talk) 05:39, 5 June 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 22 June 2014[edit]

ss demerara 1889 (talk) 10:01, 22 June 2014 (UTC)

Red question icon with gradient background.svg Not done: it's not clear what changes you want to be made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format.--Moxy (talk) 10:15, 22 June 2014 (UTC)

search fails if user is logged in on wikipedia[edit]

this search returns 40 hits if I'm logged off and zero hits if I'm logged in; bug? thanks. Fgnievinski (talk) 19:16, 7 July 2014 (UTC)

@Fgnievinski: Do you have "New search" ticked in your Beta preferences? That would explain the difference, as logged-out users are still running the old search.
The documentation at Help:Searching still describes the old search, so I don't know whether these changes in behaviour are intended:
  • The documentation says that "intitle: speed OR intitle: velocity" should be accepted as valid, but the new search is returning no results.
  • The documentation says that "intitle: speed OR velocity" should have the same effect, but this revised new search only returns 20 results with "Education research" in the title, none with "Educational results"
-- John of Reading (talk) 07:03, 8 July 2014 (UTC)
Indeed, "New search" is enabled for me; I'm reposting this at the mediawiki: [1] Fgnievinski (talk) 19:23, 8 July 2014 (UTC)

Total Number of Pages in Category[edit]

I'd like to know how many pages are in subcategories, subsubsubcategories, etc.-- (talk) 16:32, 8 August 2014 (UTC)