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Hi! I've been using this wiki extensively for ages, and i wanna say this is one of the best internet pages i've ever visited! So thank you for that.

In the last days i've had some problems with the search, seems it only returns the currect page on an exact search entry.

Black Dragon -> returns the page as first result

The following returns vaguely related\unrelated pages:
Dragon Black
Adult Black Dragon
urshula black dragon (should return urshula page first and black dragon second i guess)

Urshula page is called Kazmil-urshula-kelloakizilian.

Kazmil-urshula-kelloakizilian -> ok
urshula -> ok (why??)
Kazmil -> no result
kelloakizilian -> no result

If i only knew the name Kazmil, i would never have reached the page this way.

Is this a bug or what?
{{subst:Utente:Manzoinfetto/firma1}} 11:30, June 21, 2018 (UTC)
What. It's nothing to do with us. :) That is, Search is handled by Wikia/FANDOM's overall website and backend, and we have no control over it. Possibly those pages need to be developed further or visited more often to better catch Search's attention, but Wikia's Search functionality has often been rubbish.

Basically, it only reliably searches the page title and the exact phrase you give it, so you more or less have to know the exact name, or use some specific searching tools. For example, 'dragon AND black' will produce black dragon as the first result. If you want to know more, see [1].

Otherwise, you could go to related pages and find links or run through categories like Category:Black dragons.

Or you can use a regular search engine, which will inevitably find the page on the wiki (Wikia is better at search engine optimization than it is at search engines). However, even Google won't find "Kazmil-urshula-kelloakizil" and you'd have to add "forgotten" and "realms" or other supporting information to help it.
— BadCatMan (talk) 12:14, June 21, 2018 (UTC)

Thanks for the fast response BadCat!

I've reached the wikia fandom forums and found i'm not the only one experiencing this problem. On a note, this started happening just a couple days ago, so i think this is caused by some low-end code modifications from wikia.

I'm sending a bug report, i'll post it here when and if i got a response.
{{subst:Utente:Manzoinfetto/firma1}} 13:06, June 21, 2018 (UTC)
I think Urshula works as in the search because it is a redirect to Kasmil-Ursula-whateverthehell as a whole. Maybe we can be more thorough with our redirects for proper nouns, especially those with funny and long names, at least until Wikia/FANDOM fix things on their end.
Ruf (talk) 02:11, June 22, 2018 (UTC)

Johnnyriot999, it also happens in other similiar cases

Anyway i opened a ticket to wikia, and i was responded that the search engine is not indexing correctly as it should.

{{subst:Utente:Manzoinfetto/firma1}} 11:01, June 22, 2018 (UTC)