Boolean searches on WikiAnswers

Search on WikiAnswers is now better than ever, but it can still be difficult to find exactly what you’re looking for. Here are some useful search tips from one of our local gurus. The words in double quotes are your search terms ā€” what you type into the search box.

Typing:

“new car”

will search for the exact match of the whole string “new car” (like Google does)…

Next:

“new” “car”

will search for any question that contains both “new” AND “car” (regardless of whether they appear next to each other or in that order), but any question that contains only one of these words will not be in the results list…

You can combine this search with a some kind of OR-based search… For example:

“general motors” vehicle

will search for the whole string “general motors” and also for the word “vehicle”. Results that contain the word “vehicle” will come first, but if the word “vehicle” is not found, you’ll still see results for “general motors”…

And this query is more complicated:

“car” “ford” new

It will search for the questions that contain both “car” and “ford” and may also contain the word “new”. Results that contain the word “new” will come first, but if the word “new” is not found, you’ll still see results for “car” AND “ford”…

And of course you can use the old OR-based search just by typing:

new car

And this will give you all the questions with at least one of the words (while the questions that contain BOTH words will come first in the list).

So, in short: putting a word or a search term into quotes makes the search term mandatory, while any unquoted word stays optional (but the results containing the most optional words will come first in the search results list)…

That’s all šŸ˜‰ Happy searching!Search WikiAnswers

4 thoughts on “Boolean searches on WikiAnswers”

  1. Gee thanks, Ben. But you know that ShaYa is not the same person as ShaRa, right?

    You just serenaded Shaya šŸ™‚ She enjoyed it. She just told me.

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  2. Shara, the lyrics of this song express better than anything I could have thought of what I feel for you:

    Its gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
    Theres nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
    I bless the rains down in africa
    Gonna take some time to do the things we never had

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