[I am not allowed to put more than two links into the body even though they are local, sorry… I used the search terms below on Search results for '' - Discourse Meta without quotes.]
There supposedly is a operator to negate search terms, according to New search operator "not" but the thread is very unclear what symbol was chosen in the end and there are no final examples. It is the first and pretty much only thing I could find online about it.
The thread talks about “-”, “!” and “~” so I tried them all:
- “negative search” gives me 43 results with “negative” and/or “search” in them, the terms are highlighted
- “-negative search” gives me 43 results with “negative” and/or “search” in them, “search” is highlighted
- “-negative -search” gives me 43 results with “negative” and/or “search” in them, neither is highlighted
So whatever the highlighting means, the “-” symbol is not the operator.
I repeated the same tests with “!” instead, same results.
With “~” I get the same as before for “negative ~search” but zero results for “negative search”.
So how can I exclude specific terms in a search?