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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).
As of 2016/09, the search is powered by a custom engine. This includes certain features such as:
- Stemming  — 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- 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.
- 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 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.
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".
- This excludes a certain word from search, e.g. "Infobox NOT portable" -> results.
- 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.
- This is an inclusive search including all terms, e.g. "Infobox AND portable" -> results.
- 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
- To search for content across all of Fandom, or to look for communities focused on a specific subject, use the search box on our main page.
- To browse pages on a specific community, you can view a list of all pages or browse by category. See Special:ImageList to search for images.
- You can also use Google's site search to search all Fandom communities.
How to create a search box Edit
- 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 Edit
Further help and feedback Edit
- Browse and search other help pages at Help:Contents
- Check Help:Fandom Community Central for sources of further help and support
- Check Help:Contacting Fandom for how to report any errors or unclear steps in this article
- Learn how to use Fandom in Fandom University: short how-to videos for all levels of experience
- ↑ User blog:Daniel Baran/Search Developments: Big Picture
- ↑ Stemming for full-text. https://dev.mysql.com/worklog/task/?id=2423. Retrieved 2016/10/07
- ↑ Character folding . https://www.elastic.co/guide/en/elasticsearch/guide/current/character-folding.html
- ↑ http://www.unicode.org/reports/tr23/