On our vanilla search
When I search for:
“Pen” I get Pennsylvania results.
The same for “Penn,” and “Pennsyl” search terms
But when I search for “Pennsy” I get “no results found” for “Pennsy” but the other terms work as expected.
In Firefox - For this example the errant search string “Pennsy” just returns one result for our “members from Pennsylvania” group - but the behavior is equally weird.
No errors in the console, no clear issues in the XHR headers … just a vastly smaller response object (as one would expect from the behavior).
To rule out that this wasnt a version, or implementation issue, I tested it on metaDotDiscourse as well, and it happens here!
Note: it also happens for “Jus” (lots of results)
then “Just” gives only user results.
but “justi” gets forum reults.
Given the two examples, I imagine other search results do this as well.
Interestingly it doesn’t seem tied to the term length. So what’s going on is well beyond me!