Are specific terms ignored from searches?

I’m having a few difficulties with the search functionality today.

We have an automated process we creates topics based on a lecture from a course, an example may be;

About ‘Implementing Health & Damage’

I found myself wanting to reduces the maximum number of characters for a topic length and decide I’d do a quick search to see how many of our automated topics are quite long, to get a feel for the suitable max length.

If I search using the above, I’ll get result, but I need the search to be a little more general than that, so I’ve tried searching for;

About ’

…knowing that is the start of the format we always use. When I do, I don’t get any results, if I add another word after the apostrophe I do get results. I assumed at that point it was related to the apostrophe, but nope, if I search for just;

About

I get no results, yet if I search for;

Test

I do get results! This indicates there isn’t a limitation on the number of words as a minimum for a search, and we have a 3 character limit set for the term, so it isn’t that. The only thing I can think of is that there is a list of “words” that are being ignored from a search, yet I don’t think we’ve set these up.

Any information would be appreciated. :slight_smile:


Update

I have also tested this with “because”, “and”, “the” and these all produce no results, so I’m feeling that there is a list of “common words” which are being ignored, but because I don’t have access to these via the settings I cannot alter them, and, cannot perform the search I want to perform.

Yes, I believe these are “stop” words — see:

I’m not sure if things have changed much since two years ago, but there doesn’t seem to be an easy way to change those.

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Hi Kris,

Thanks for the reply.

Yeah, I thought as much. It’s a pain on this occasion as in this specific case the word does have value.

I guess using DataExplorer wouldn’t get around this either?


Update

Actually, via DataExplorer it works. I guess a full text search isn’t carried out when querying the topic title field.

Looks like a work-around :slight_smile:

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