It's possible to filter using a wildcard in a tag, for example stargate*, and to use this in the favourite and ignored tags.

However, you can't do this in search. Searching for [stargate*] gives the results for [stargate].

If this could be used in search (and if it was also listed in the search tips), perhaps more people would know that it can be done.


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This is supposedly implemented but looks broken.

You can enter the URL manually:


but there doesn't seem to be a way to reach this URL from the search box, and I can't seem to combine with other search criteria (say, posts tagged stargate* and not tagged stargate).

  • Should I re-tag as bug?
    – Tony Meyer
    Commented Feb 3, 2012 at 2:54
  • @TonyMeyer I guess, yes. This is not in the search documentation, so maybe the post that says it exists is obsolete. I pinged the devs, let's see if they reply.
    – user56
    Commented Feb 3, 2012 at 11:12

This appears to have been fixed at some point since being posted.

I just put [stargate*] into the search box, and after submitting it the search terms were expanded to:

[stargate] or [stargate-sg1] or [stargate-atlantis] or [stargate-universe] or [stargate-movie]

Likewise, [star-trek*] becomes:

[star-trek] or [star-trek-tng] or [star-trek-voyager] or [star-trek-ds9] or [star-trek-tos] or [star-trek-enterprise] or [star-trek-into-darkness] or [star-trek-2009] or [star-trek-data] or [star-trek-q] or [star-trek-tas] or [star-trek-the-doctor] or [star-trek-ph2] or [star-trek-judgment-rites] or [star-trek-iii] or [star-trek-countdown]


This seems to work, see for example this link.

  • That's tag filtering, not search. Tags always worked, and that link was included in the question.
    – Izkata
    Commented Jan 29, 2014 at 0:22

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