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I asked this question a while ago, and since it didn't get much attention I added a bounty. However, when I search by the r tag, there is no featured header, as can be found on stack overflow site when searching a tag:

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Vs:

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Is this intentional? I can't imagine that many people search bounties across all questions, more they will search a tag, then notice that there are open bounties, and give those questions additional attention.

In the current state the benefit of offering a bounty would seem to be reduced, is there a reason for this?

It seems that the tag 'r' was not recognised as a tag, as when I type [r] I get the featured column. Should the search bar recognise r immediately as a tag?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ This seems to be by design. In any case it's network-wide mechanics, applicable to all Stack Exchange sites. Should I migrate this question over to Meta Stack Exchange? \$\endgroup\$ – Mathieu Guindon Nov 3 '17 at 13:51
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Mat'sMug I'm not sure that it is network wide, tryping r in the stack overflow search bar returns results for the tag \$\endgroup\$ – User632716 Nov 3 '17 at 14:11
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    \$\begingroup\$ Notice how the SO search bar is auto-correcting your search to be [r]. It wouldn't make sense for the search engine to be site-specific - the Code Review search bar does the same auto-correction if you type C#. Could be related to the number of posts in that tag, I don't know what the specifics are. In any case here is the help center content for the advanced search feature. \$\endgroup\$ – Mathieu Guindon Nov 3 '17 at 14:18
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Mat'sMug fair play, thanks for the response! \$\endgroup\$ – User632716 Nov 3 '17 at 14:40
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Searching 'r', searches for just the letter r. If you want the tag you have to surround it in [], and so r would be [r]. Searching for this does come up with a featured tab, which contains your question.

Even without this feature, featured is still good, as there's a list of all featured questions. With this feature it gets better as you can also filter by multiple tags, such as [c] [performance], which comes up with a question with a bounty, where [c] [beginner] doesn't. Where a C person might follow both C and C++, and search [c] or [c++].

It does however seem like you cannot access the featured tab if you search by text. For example searching "Reduce a number range to the shortest possible root" doesn't come up with a featured tab. Neither does "[r] Reduce a number range to the shortest possible root".

I don't know if this is intended, however I can't see a great benefit to wanting to search via text for featured questions, as it's likely that the question will be tagged with something you're interested in.

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