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"AND" Search: Just separate search terms with spaces.
"OR" Search: Separate search terms with a semicolon.
Negation: Use a minus sign in front of the search term.
Phrase: Quote the phrase you are searching for.
Wild Card Use an asterisk at the beginning or end of a term.
Parentheses: can be used for precedence grouping.
Precedence: from highest to lowest: quotes, minus, parentheses, AND, OR.

Here are some examples:

  • Sovereignty Falklands Antarctica
    -- will match messages that contain all three of the words listed.
  • Sovereignty Falklands -Antarctica
    -- will match those messages that contain "Falklands" and "Sovereignty" but not "Antarctica".
  • Falklands; Sovereignty; Antarctica
    -- will match match messages that contain one or more of the given terms.
  • "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country"
    -- to search for a message containing that exact phrase.
  • Cit*
    -- to match any of "City", "Citizen", "Citation", etc.
  • (Falklands; Antarctica) Sovereignty
    -- will match messages that contain "Sovereignty" and either "Falklands" or "Antarctica".
  • (("puerto argentino"; stanley) -sovereignty; -(flag banner); Sheffield -"battle colors") Falk*; goose -upland
    -- You figure it out, but it works!

    George Boole says
    the following rules apply to this search utility:
    Elementary Propositions
    foo -foo matches nothing
    foo; -foo matches all
    foo foo is the same as foo
    foo; foo is the same as foo
    --foo is the same as foo
    Associative Laws
    (foo; bar); quux is the same as foo; (bar; quux)
    (foo bar) quux is the same as foo (bar quux)
    Commutative Laws
    foo bar is the same as bar foo
    foo; bar is the same as bar; foo
    Distributive Laws
    foo (bar; quux) is the same as foo bar; foo quux
    foo; bar quux is the same as (foo; bar) (foo; quux)
    DeMorgan's Theorum
    -(foo bar) is the same as -foo; -bar
    -(foo; bar) is the same as -foo -bar
    Absorption Rule
    foo; foo bar is the same as foo
    foo (foo; bar) is the same as foo