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Searching Tips & Tricks

Put your keyword in the box to the left under "search" and then click:

  • Image:Go button.JPG - Go automatically to this article name, if it exists, even with many capitalization errors.
  • Image:Search button.JPG - Search for the text of all pages but only shows exact case matches. A Search for "art" will not find "Art". See below.

Should I Search or Should I Go?

Here is what happens if you try to find "art" on

  • ART   Image:Go button.JPG goes directly to Art Merit Badge but does not give you search results for the Cub Scout Art Belt Loop or Webelos Artist.
  • ART   Image:Search button.JPG says that does not have the word "ART" on any page!
To the Wikipedia Search, "ART" is not the same word as "Art", "art", "ARt", etc.
The Google Search for "ART", "Art", "art", "ARt", etc. will find any page with of those capitalizations as well as Artist.

Expand or narrow your search

  • Use the asterisk "*" wildcard to expand your search. "*" also removes many of the case match problems!
  • Put phrases in "quotes" to narrow your search.
  • Family Life   Image:Search button.JPG finds Family Life but also any page with the words "Family" or "Life"
  • "Family Life"   Image:Search button.JPG finds only pages with the phrase "Family Life"

Spelling errors

Say a Scout searches for "Geneology" instead of "Genealogy":

  • Geneology   Image:Go button.JPG says that does not have a page on this merit badge.
  • Geneology   Image:Search button.JPG also says that does not have a page on this merit badge.
  • Google Search for "Geneology" asks, Did you mean: Genealogy
Click Genealogy to go to that page or dozens of others that reference "Genealogy".

How Search works

Here's how Image:Search button.JPG works:

  • Only the text on the page is searched - the page title is ignored.
  • The article content is searched in its raw (wikitext) form - i.e. it searches the text that appears in the edit box when you click 'edit', not the rendered page. This means that content coming from an included template will not be picked up, but the target of piped links will be.
  • Even if you enclose a phrase in quotes, the search looks for each word individually. e.g. if you enter "world war 2" it will return pages that contain "world" and "war" and "2".
  • The search is not case-sensitive, so "MediaWiki", "mediawiki" and "MEDIAWIKI" all give the same result.

Restricting (or broadening) the search

  • NOTE (and this is important): By default, only the namespaces specified in the "search" tab of your preferences will be searched. Logged-in users can change (and save) their preferences to specify the namespaces they want to search by default.
  • You can also refer to help for setting your preferences.
  • Or, if you just want to specify different namespaces for a single search then you can do so on the search results page.

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