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searching for strings[edit]

"String" can have different meanings. For example, if I wish to search for placenames that include the string "borough" it's not clear from this information page how to do this, especially if one wants to make the results easier to navigate by excluding all occurrences of the word "borough". It'd be great if such a search could be executed by typing something like *borough -borough in the search box but it doesn't work. Dadge (talk) 04:07, 10 May 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

My 'searching for strings' box has stopped working. For example I typed in France on an article about Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean and it doesn't come up with a single instance of the term although it's used multiple times. Any ideas how to get this very handy tool back? 7dmd7 (talk) 01:40, 9 December 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@7dmd7: It sounds like a feature of your browser or device, not Wikipedia. Is it there and does it work at other websites? Some search features have an option to specify case sensitive search. PrimeHunter (talk) 02:15, 9 December 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Deepcategory don't work with hidden category[edit]

Search. Category. 194.50.14.172 (talk) 23:45, 2 June 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

It appears to work for me. What makes you say it doesn't work? Be specific as in "I expect X but see Y". PrimeHunter (talk) 09:11, 3 June 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Today it's work! Thanks. 194.50.14.172 (talk) 19:20, 3 June 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Upper and lower case greek letters in Regex[edit]

If I'm looking for a string which can contain Capital and Lower case greek letters, do I need to split them the way that I do in English or not. In other words, is the equivalent of the latin alphabet [A-Za-z]

  • [Α-Ωα-ω]
  • [Α-ω]

?Naraht (talk) 02:48, 5 August 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Range of Hebrew letters?[edit]

I can regex a range of Greek Letters without a problem. for example insource:/\('''[Α-Ω]+'''/ however, I am unable to figure out how to do the equivalent for Hebrew. None of the possibilities seem to work, replacing the A with an א and Z with ת nor doing it the other way around (so that the window thinks it is a single string reading RTL, nor even flipping the [ and ] seem to work, could someone please help me figure out the way to do a search for a parentheses, three quotes and a string of Hebrew letters?Naraht (talk) 14:17, 25 August 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Search with trailing space[edit]

I wish to search all articles (and exclude redirects) that start with Dr without the dot after it.

I found the option of searching by excluding redirects using Special:PrefixIndex. However there, I cannot enclose the search term with quotes. If it was allowed, I only had to enter "Dr " with a space. Without quotes, on giving Dr followed by a space, the search seems to be removing the trailing space, and returns all entries that start with "Dr". Note that I had asked the same question in July at WT:Special:PrefixIndex and not got a response. Jay (talk) 05:34, 18 October 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Jay: I don't know a general solution. This hack works in your specific case. PrimeHunter (talk) 11:25, 18 October 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Yes, this works. Thanks! I see the "DrZ" in the URL. How do I do it? Jay (talk) 19:27, 23 October 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Jay: I added "Z" manually after seeing that "Dr" didn't work. A space is usually sorted before any other character but PrefixIndex apparently sorts space somewhere between "Z" and "a". PrimeHunter (talk) 20:12, 23 October 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Force cache purge?[edit]

I've been doing some maintenance using this whopper of a query; although it has some false positives, it's quite good at finding instances where someone just typed "citation needed" instead of using {{citation needed}}. Anyway, I made a huge AWB run and edited a bunch of the pages manually to fix the formatting. Yet if I run the search, I'll still see previews (with the misformatted original source text) for a bunch of articles I know I just fixed. I'm not entirely sure on how the search cache is built -- so this may be a completely impossible task -- but is there any way to tell the search engine that I demand a search of current article text, and not the cached search results from a couple hours ago? jp×g 05:58, 21 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Statistics for the search terms used?[edit]

Is there any meta- or external source where we can get some statistics on the search terms used within Wikipedia? I know this is possible to do with Google, e.g. using [Google Trends, and I know it's possible to see the page views via the Stats links on the page histories. But is there something that shows search term usage within Wikipedia? Chumpih. (talk) 10:26, 28 December 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

"Wikipedia:S" listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]

Information.svg An editor has identified a potential problem with the redirect Wikipedia:S and has thus listed it for discussion. This discussion will occur at Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion/Log/2022 March 21#Wikipedia:S until a consensus is reached, and readers of this page are welcome to contribute to the discussion. SmokeyJoe (talk) 02:27, 21 March 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Medicago rigidula proposed edit[edit]

A proposed edit to the Medicago rigidula Wikipedia page under the Scientific classification. Division/phylum: Tracheophyta, Class: Magnoliopsida, Order: Fabales, Family: Leguminosae/Fabaceae. Crystali18 (talk) 20:32, 12 April 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]