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Blocked characters in Google

David [PersonRank 0]

Friday, October 15, 2004
19 years ago

I didnt realise this until the other day, but google (and later finding out) most search engines disregard certain characters when you do a search such as forward slash.

The other day I was trying to find a specific command for a game I play... it started with a /, yet the results didn't have anythign to do with the things I wanted, because the / was ommited.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

19 years ago #

Yes, Google will not find most of those characters, and treat them as a phrase-connector (what I mean is that this/that equals this-that or "this that"). Of course this can cause problems...

Piotr Zgodzinski [PersonRank 4]

19 years ago #

results for "this that"are not equal to results for this-that

please take a look at the following example

"jubi buum" versus "jubi-buum"

and compare the results position 6th, 7th and further

Piotr Zgodzinski [PersonRank 4]

19 years ago #

the latter without quotes of course
("jubi buum" versus jubi-buum)

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