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Phrase search doesn't work on Supplemental Results?

mcummins [PersonRank 1]

Sunday, August 13, 2006
13 years ago2,356 views

I've noticed that phrase searches in Google (i.e. searches in "quotes") don't seem to work on pages listed as Supplemental Results.

It's quite hard to find examples, but compare these two:

google.com/search?hl=en&lr ...

and

google.com/search?hl=en&lr ...

Has anyone else noticed this?
I've run into this "bug" more often than you might think, when trying to find obscure sites I've been to before. Often I do this by searching for an exact quote I remember from the page that is unlikely to exist anywhere else. But now I find Google returning zero results, even when the page does exist in it's index.

Piotr Konieczny [PersonRank 9]

13 years ago #

This one works just fine:

google.com/search?hl=en&lr ...

But adding another word returns no results.

So I assume there is something wrong with parsing exclamation mark inside quotes. Compare to this one:

google.com/search?hl=en&lr ...

"!" is ommited (subsituted by comma -> ",")

mcummins [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

Piotr – I think the issues applies to results from Google's supplemental index only (these results say Supplemental Result in green beside the URL).

Here is another example:
(I'm sorry that the searches are so bizzare. It's hard to find pages in the Supplemental Index)

Results:

google.com/search?hl=en&lr ...

No results:

google.com/search?hl=en&lr ...

(Note that the exact phrase did appear in the top result of the search without quotes).

Ramibotros [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

what really frustrates me is the way the operators "*" and "?" work: They have to be (or include) a space , or another charachter other than a-z.
Like if u search for "go?gle" , u will never find "google"! u'll rather find "go[put at-character here]gle" or "go gle" .. i hate it..

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

I'd love to be able to search for e.g. "blog*ed" to find "Blogoscoped", "blogged", "Blogified" etc. But I imagine Google pondered this, and it turns out to be technically tough (or too CPU intensive). It's also possible only very advanced searchers would ever want this...

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