I am using the search api to search for questions that are tagged with "tags" and not with "tags". However I have noticed that searching for tags is an OR search.

The questions search for tags is an AND search. Why the difference?

e.g. AND Search
OR Search

Also would it be possible to switch the searching type from OR to AND on the search api by an option?

  • "tagged with questions and not with questions" typo? Commented Jul 6, 2010 at 7:06
  • your question is not comprehensible. could you specify which path(s) you are referring to and example urls. Commented Jul 6, 2010 at 7:41
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    Sorry folks, early morning etc...better now?
    – johnwards
    Commented Jul 6, 2010 at 8:03

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It seems to me that questions allows you to be more exclusive with your filter while search allows you to be more inclusive with your filter.

this flexibility is a good thing and, right now, I would not like to see it changed.

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    But you can't filter out questions that contain certain tags when searching using the question api call. I am also looking for flexibility, the ideal would be able to turn the search from an OR to and AND with an optional flag.
    – johnwards
    Commented Jul 6, 2010 at 15:13
  • @john - you may have a point. i will give this some more thought when i get a few quiet moments. Commented Jul 6, 2010 at 15:26

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