The current "search query" section has two search fields and looks like this: i) The Post Search Field
The first search field is a search for posts. It can search for keywords in a post's text and/or title in two ways:
- Search for all terms or use query as entered
- Search for any terms
Option 1: Search for all terms or use query as entered
The first option, which is the default one, will search for all the keywords or the entire phrase (i.e. the sequence of keywords). It is a combination of two searches that we are all familiar with at Google's search. The +keyword search and the search for a phrase:
- +dunkin +donuts
- "dunkin donuts"
Option 2: Search for any terms
With the second option selected, when searching for dunkin donuts, the results that we'll get are the posts that contain at least one of the keywords in its text and/or title. It would be exactly the same if we had used the pipe operator and typed dunkin|donuts.
ii) The Author Search Field
The second search field doesn't make use of any search operators, apart from the wildcard (*). You type a single keyword and it searches for a single author.
iii) Proposal: Combined Search Fields
I believe that particular section at the Advanced Search should be made simpler to use, so if you also think the same and/or you believe you have a better idea for the UI please discuss it in this topic (and if you disagree also discuss it here of course).