The Advanced Search Options say we could use

url "*.example.com"

Further the tooltip says: "Find images and links in posts". But when I do the search, I get only 284 results. When I search for my images I only get one result and I know that this can't be true.

What did I do wrong or is this a bug?

  • $\begingroup$ I noticed this same thing. I know I used to search for images in my posts this way sometime in the past, but it has been broken. $\endgroup$ – robjohn Mod Aug 23 '13 at 14:15

Looking at the source of the sole result you found with search, I see that one of the image URLs is included as a link [text](url), not as embedded image ![text](url) or [index]: url. Apparently, the url search ignores all embedded images. Yes, looks like a bug. (If this is by design, it's a bug-by-design.)

There's a workaround until SE fixes the bug: the query posted here finds 29 of your posts with images.

  • $\begingroup$ In this answer, I included the link to meta.math.stackexchange.com/q/9402 in [1]: ... format. The URL search does not see it. $\endgroup$ – user Aug 23 '13 at 14:17
  • $\begingroup$ Almost all of my images use the ![description](url) format. Only recently have I been using the [index]: url format. I try user:13854 "*.png" and get no results. Same with user:13854 url:"*i.stack.imgur.com" $\endgroup$ – robjohn Mod Aug 23 '13 at 14:31
  • $\begingroup$ @robjohn Thanks for another data point. In the post by draks that shows up in the search, there is no ! in front: it's a regular hyperlink, not an embedded image. It seems the url search ignores images embedded in any way. As for the search user:13854 "*.png", it does not succeed by design: markup is ignored by regular search. $\endgroup$ – user Aug 23 '13 at 16:16
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks. I am sure that a year or so ago, I used that search to find all images in my posts. I hope that capability will be restored. $\endgroup$ – robjohn Mod Aug 23 '13 at 16:28
  • $\begingroup$ @robjohn They changed the search engine a while ago: see meta.SO. $\endgroup$ – user Aug 23 '13 at 16:31
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for the links... $\endgroup$ – draks ... Aug 26 '13 at 11:44

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