https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=61405

            Bug ID: 61405
           Summary: Providing more information in a search query (such as
                    word fragments) results in less accurate results
           Product: MediaWiki extensions
           Version: unspecified
          Hardware: All
                OS: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: Unprioritized
         Component: CirrusSearch
          Assignee: wikibugs-l@lists.wikimedia.org
          Reporter: dga...@wikimedia.org
                CC: dga...@wikimedia.org, innocentkil...@gmail.com,
                    neverett+bugzi...@wikimedia.org
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If I search for "Barack" on the English Wikipedia, [[Barack Obama]] is the
first result [1]. 

If I search for "Barack Ob" on the English Wikipedia, all of the search results
are totally irrelevant [2]. More accurately, there are a few relevant search
results in the list that are about Barack Obama, but the only reason they're
actually included is because they so happen to have the string "OB" in them as
an abbreviation for something else. That's a fluke more than anything else.

[1]:
https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special%3ASearch&profile=default&search=Barack&fulltext=Search
[2]:
https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special%3ASearch&profile=default&search=Barack+Ob&fulltext=Search

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