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Give me a reason why I have to use this crap?

 7:11 pm on Dec 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

Bing even does not know there is such thing in the world "wildcard" search.



 12:09 am on Dec 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

There are lot of thing bing doesn't know. For example the time and date it indexed some particular pages...

brotherhood of LAN

 12:25 am on Dec 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

I wouldn't call it 'crap' just because wildcard searches aren't available.

So to answer your question, I guess you're happy with google and that's good enough for your needs?


 3:22 am on Dec 12, 2012 (gmt 0)


Nonsense, You just don't know how to use Bing. I get tons of results for "wildcard". After all these years you call yourself "newbie". So this might be the reason why it is so hard to submit a search request?

You have to, so you are forced to use Bing, really, who is your master? Who forces you?

This is really pointless.


 5:41 am on Dec 12, 2012 (gmt 0)

Now that you mention it, how do you do a wildcard search on bing? Everything I tried was interpreted either as a word break or the literal character. Which, ahem, is useful if you are looking for a literal character-- or for a short word that can also be part of many longer words (try getting g### to understand this point!) but otherwise not so great.


 7:04 am on Dec 12, 2012 (gmt 0)


I get tons of results for "wildcard".

I hope you don't mean the actual word itself :)

So.... do you mind sharing your knowledge? For example g lets users use the wildcard in expressions such as "I * milk". And you get results for drink, love, etc. How do you do this in bing?


 3:44 am on Dec 15, 2012 (gmt 0)

There are lot of thing bing doesn't know. For example the time and date it indexed some particular pages...

Just because they don't expose date/time indexed in the SERPs or the external tools that we have access to does not mean they don't "know" it.

Their index is filled with all kinds of date/time stamps for events that they use interally but don't expose through their search interface or external tools.

I'd be willing to bet a month's salary that they "know" the date/time each URL in their index was was last crawled, the date/time it the URL was first indexed, the date/time the URL was last indexed, and more.

They might not "show" it, but they definitely "know" it.


 5:09 am on Dec 15, 2012 (gmt 0)


And I bet my monthly income that they know what a wildcard is. But they don't support it.

I think you don't quite get what know means in this thread.



 6:43 am on Dec 15, 2012 (gmt 0)

OK, so here I am at Bing. Clicking Help leads me presently to:
If you've done a search and want to narrow the results, you can use Bing's advanced search option to help.

1. At the top right of your search results page, click Advanced to open the advanced search box.

This is very nice, and would be nicer still if the feature hadn't disappeared some time last May. (One article called it "search retro". There was probably a long discussion right here too.) I found this out by-- so help me-- GOOGLING "bing advanced search". Further GOOGLING leads me to what must be the strangest interpretation of "upper right" ever:

Do a search. In the search-results page, edit the search term so you get a fresh dropdown list of suggested searches. The bottom of the dropdown will say not only "Search history" (as in your first search) but also
:: drumroll ::
Advanced Search. It's a box right at the top of the search results. That's where you get the options for site, language and so on.

Some features and functionality described here may not be available in your country or region.

Uhm, my country is the US. You can only do Advanced Search in other places?

This may be the most useful page:
Advanced Search Keywords [onlinehelp.microsoft.com]

Lot of words you would never think of trying there. But nope, no wildcard search.

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