[Wikipedia-l] full-text searching since the Vector switch in en.wikipedia

Amir E. Aharoni amir.aharoni at mail.huji.ac.il
Tue May 18 20:03:36 UTC 2010

I sincerely hate to sound repetitive and annoying, but since the switch to
Vector in en.wikipedia it's impossible to run a full-text search of
Wikipedia using the search box if there's an article by the same name.

The "Search" button is gone, because it was supposed to be possible to run a
full-text search in the redesigned search box without that button, but
apparently this doesn't actually work. It's only possible to run a full-text
search by switching back to Monobook or by manually going to Special:Search
(there's no link to it anywhere).

So basically, for five days already it's practically impossible to search
for information within Wikipedia. Read this again: it's impossible to search
Wikipedia. Am i crazy if i think that this is a very severe problem?

This is reported as a bug:

The right thing to do is to restore the go and search buttons immediately
and consider reintroducing the new search box after it has been thoroughly
tested. Is there any reason not to do this?

אָמִיר אֱלִישָׁע אַהֲרוֹנִי
Amir Elisha Aharoni


"We're living in pieces,
I want to live in peace." - T. Moore

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