[Wikipedia-l] Searching with common words

Ray Saintonge saintonge at telus.net
Fri Aug 16 18:00:09 UTC 2002

Andre Engels wrote:

>Could the search feature be changed such that common words, rather than
>blocking the whole search, are removed from it (provided that there are
>also non-common words in the search)? What I mean is having the search
>"kermit the frog" get out the same effect as "kermit frog" rather than
>none at all.
Don't you need to make a distinction here to allow for exact searches. 
 In many engines "kermit the frog" with quotation marks would get you 
exactly that phrase.  Without quotation marks it would behave as you 


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