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Hi, Sorry for sounding stupid but how does one search for the most recent results ?,
-recent and prefer-recent doesn't work for me? (IE when I search ""London" -recent" or ""London" prefer-recent" I still get jumbled results), Thanks, –Davey2010Talk 21:28, 12 June 2017 (UTC)

See mw:Help:CirrusSearch#Prefer-recent. PrimeHunter (talk) 22:36, 12 June 2017 (UTC)
PrimeHunter thanks so much!, –Davey2010Talk 01:58, 13 July 2017 (UTC)

Can someone write my Biography or Can I myself ?[edit]

I want Wikipedia to know about me and create a page about myself. Yatin Mehndiratta (talk) 08:43, 4 July 2017 (UTC)

Yatin Mehndiratta, no. That is what personal websites, personal blogs, and social media are for. Softlavender (talk) 11:17, 4 July 2017 (UTC)

Problems with search on English Wiktionary[edit]

See [1]. Basically, if a page has a multi-word title, and you search for an exact one of the words in that title, you'd expect to find that page in the search results, but it is rarely even on the first results page. Instead you get lots of irrelevant stuff that isn't spelled the same way. Is this a bug? What can we do? Equinox 21:23, 12 July 2017 (UTC)

Per Help:Searching#Stemming, search "hordeic" in quotation marks to only get exact matches. Per Help:Searching#Parameters, search intitle:hordeic to only get results from titles. They can be combined with intitle:"hordeic". PrimeHunter (talk) 00:12, 13 July 2017 (UTC)

Question about incategory (or category related) search[edit]

This is after I asked this question and got an answer here. However I either didn't ask the question correctly, or I simply haven't been able to use the answer to get to where I need. I want to search for all articles (not categories) that have been assigned: 1. any category whose title includes the term "Scorsese", boolean-AND 2. any category whose title includes the term "comedy". I tried advanced search by checking only the box for Category but this is for category results, and there is no single category that includes both these terms. I checked also the Article box, but I got many unwanted results. Then I tried various combinations with filters and boolean operators but I can't seem to get what I need. Any further clues? Thank you. Hoverfish Talk 22:36, 18 July 2017 (UTC)

You could do this with a regex insource search in the article namespace. --Izno (talk) 01:56, 19 July 2017 (UTC)
You might also try WP:Petscan or WP:RAQ. --Izno (talk) 12:17, 19 July 2017 (UTC)
Thank you very much Izno. I also use PetScan and I see what you mean with insource + regex, I hadn't thought about it but I will try it next. My main concern however is not so much for editors tasks but for a way to make such searches more approachable to the layman. I will check RAQ and see if I can find some way to encapsulate such querries. For WP Films it's only a certain number of main-film-genre-terms that have been diffused in too many subcategories to be usefull in searches. Thanks again for the tips. Hoverfish Talk 14:00, 19 July 2017 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 8 September 2017[edit]

Hitech waterproofing (talk) 09:40, 8 September 2017 (UTC)
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. Flow 234 (Nina) talk 10:50, 8 September 2017 (UTC)

"Sister projects" should be changed to "similar projects"[edit]

...or something that is likewise non-genderized. This turns up to the right on the search page where the suggestions are offered. It sounds off and awkward and inappropriate. Like something from the ministry of feminist information, like some kind of female only endeavour. Please stop this double standard. If you have to say "humanity" or "humankind" instead of "man" or "men" then it's only fair to stop this "sister" nonsense too. Gender bias free language should apply all around. Thanks. Alialiac (talk) 17:32, 7 October 2017 (UTC)

Searching within (or exclusively without) reference contents...[edit]

Is there any way to limit a search to specifically text within a <ref></ref> pair or specifically to everything that isn't inside them? I know regex, and I'm sure that a sufficiently complicated insource regex could do it, but I'd rather not, if there was any other way.Naraht (talk) 15:49, 3 November 2017 (UTC)

Insource is the only way besides resorting to a database scan... which would probably also require regex. --Izno (talk) 17:15, 3 November 2017 (UTC)
That said, if you know the text internal to the reference, you can also search for that instead. (Unless you're looking for template parameters or something?) --Izno (talk) 17:16, 3 November 2017 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 6 January 2018[edit]

Remove the dash from the last list item of § Syntax. None of the other entries begin with a dash. (talk) 08:00, 6 January 2018 (UTC)

Done DRAGON BOOSTER 09:27, 6 January 2018 (UTC)

Search without folding[edit]

How do I search for article titles containing the word "Strasse"? I tried intitle:Strasse and intitle:"Strasse" and intitle:/Strasse/; they all returned titles with "Straße". -- Michael Bednarek (talk) 01:24, 29 January 2018 (UTC)

I don't think our search function can do it for titles. It can do exact match searches and other regex searches with insource: but not intitle: (requested in phab:T156474). You can use for that. PrimeHunter (talk) 02:11, 29 January 2018 (UTC)


In case anyone has been wondering about the &searchToken=something at the end of the URL for a search result, I asked about it at mw:Help talk:CirrusSearch, and the summary is:

When publishing or saving a search link, there is no benefit in including the &searchToken=something at the end of the URL, so it's better left off.

--Pipetricker (talk) 15:23, 1 February 2018 (UTC)