Top search vs similar topics

I came looking for information on group assignment notification. So first I searched. Then I created a new topic. As soon as I typed in my topic title - which was the same as my search term - I got a list of related posts. The list was different and IMO more relevant than my search results.

Something seems off with that.

Here’s a screenshot of the relevant posts:

Here’s a recreated screenshot of my search:

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I’ve had a quick explore and I think the ‘Topic is similar to’ one is searching only the first posts of topics (possibly giving more weight to topic titles?), whereas the regular search is matching against any post in a topic, which may explain the difference?