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Search bar 2017

The standard wiki search bar searches within an individual community.

To search any FANDOM community, you can use the search box at the top of every page. When you're on an individual wiki, searching takes places within that community. But when you're exploring fandom.wikia.com you'll instead be making a search for both news articles and wikis that cover that topic.

Features Edit

As of late 2016, internal wiki searches are 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".
  • Character folding[3][4]- the search engine can also handle diacritics by normalizing the text in the before searching (this might not work for all languages), e.g. "introducao imersao" == "introdução imersão" , fiancée == fiancee.

Additional features:

  • Search by file types — namely videos or images.

Advanced Search Edit

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 Edit

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 Edit

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 Edit

How to create a search box Edit

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

Next pages Edit

Further help and feedback Edit

References Edit

  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
  3. Character folding . https://www.elastic.co/guide/en/elasticsearch/guide/current/character-folding.html
  4. http://www.unicode.org/reports/tr23/