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google site: command query bug?

google site: command query bug?

2:18 am on Sep 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

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just noticed something strange due to some fast/poor typing on my part.

If I do a site:www.somedomain.com -asdf (put any major corporate domain here - but for this example I replaced microsoft with "somedomain" which shows a very drastic result in this test because it has so many pages indexed)

I will get results of 295,000 pages.

But if I type in site:www.somedomain.com -asdf-asdf I will get 441,000 pages.

and if I add another -asdf to the end again to make the query
site:www.somedomain.com -asdf-asdf-asdf I get 585,000 pages.

Obviously this query is extremely artificial but I'm wondering if it's a bug or if that's what multiple "-" signs means tied together like that. I've never seen another query where google would count the same pages over and over like this one appears to do.

Just curious...

11:51 pm on Sept 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

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It's not specific to the multiple "-" signs. Using different strings instead of "-asdf" has a similar effect.

site:somedomain.com -tbdwplo
613000 results

site:somedomain.com -mprtzao
610000 results

site:somedomain.com -pwqztng
611000 results