I just noticed that searching for terminator (a well known terminal emulator) also returns hits for terminal:

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As you can see in the image above, terminal is highlighted as though it were a hit. It works as expected if I quote "terminator" but that shouldn't be necessary. I am guessing there is some kind of magic going on behind the scenes that assumes that I mistyped terminator and actually meant terminal but it seems like more of a bug than a feature if so.

  • I checked the tags' synonyms, and they don't appear to be linked by that. Feb 28, 2014 at 20:04
  • I might be wrong on this one, waiting for Nick to chime in here.
    – Tim Post
    Mar 4, 2014 at 15:48
  • @TimPost stemming explains the behavior to me. I still think this is a case where it is a bug rather than a feature but I am well aware of how useful stemming is in general so I have no problem with your answer. I already know I can avoid it through quoting so as long as you guys are aware of it, I'm pretty much satisfied.
    – terdon
    Mar 4, 2014 at 15:58


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