Is there a way how to search for ideally all questions concerning e.g. ArcGIS when they do not have a tag [arcgis-desktop] easier then manually listing all tags like tags with different versions of arcmap, [arcpy] tag and others that could reliably say "this one refers to ArcGIS", joined by "or"?
(possibly combining with searching for some key words in text)

This approach would:

  1. make quite a long string (that may not be even possible to write in the search line) with the need of using a number of "or"s and lot of typing
  2. generate a lot of work searching for all possibly connected tags to include them in that list

I did not succeeded using asterisks (*) with tags.
Also did not see anything like "like" or "in" from SQL in help for searching to be possible to use - but the later one woud do only minor help.
I do not mean using any restrictions in user profile concerning using tags.

The perfect solution within the given example would cover also tags like [modelbuilder] that do not contain "arc" or "arcgis" in the name of the tag but are surely connected with ArcGIS. This is questioned in How to search for ALL questions concerning ArcGIS, QGIS or others?

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To do wildcard searching just type


into the search bar and you will see it expand to

[arcgis-desktop] or [arcgis-10.0] or [arcgis-10.1] or [arcgis-10.2] or [arcgis-server] or [arcgis-javascript-api] or [arcgis-10.3] or [arcgis-online] or [arcgis-9.3] or [arcgis-10.4] or [arcgis-engine] or [arcgis-pro] or [arcgis-rest-api] or [arcgis-10.5] or [arcgis-silverlight-api] or [arcgis-flex-api] or [arcgis-web-appbuilder] or [arcgis-flex-viewer] or [arcgis-online-basemaps] or [arcgis-android]

Unfortunately, there is a bug that prevents it getting all tags starting with arcgis* that is mentioned in @blah238's answer to Using version tags?

To get all questions containing ArcGIS that are not tagged you can use:

arcgis -[arcgis-desktop] is:question

  • [arcgis*] - ok, using * in [tag] did not work for me, maybe sth wrongly written or so now it looks ok; and so it looks like for cases where arcgis* would not be (as it might not be) mention in the text (cannot use arc* for this for obvious reason).. and it would not be containing [arc*] tag but concerning arcgis this would not be easy/quickly/ to find but there would probably not be many of those...
    – Abc1
    Commented Nov 13, 2017 at 21:57
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    Searching in the body should just need ArcGIS or arcpy as your strings. The only things that won't pick up are when users use names like Arc, ArcEngine, ArcServer which are slang.
    – PolyGeo Mod
    Commented Nov 13, 2017 at 22:02
  • ok, and than there is that bug... :-(
    – Abc1
    Commented Nov 13, 2017 at 22:10
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    I'm assuming arcgis -[arcgis-desktop] in the search bar (which you can then bookmark in your browser ) is the key to what you are trying to do.
    – PolyGeo Mod
    Commented Nov 13, 2017 at 23:17
  • You can vote up for the question regarding the bug that PolyGeo mentioned in this answer on main meta stackexchange. It seems it is not a bug just for [arcgis*] but for any wildcard tag search (using *)
    – Abc1
    Commented Nov 18, 2017 at 17:34
  • using * is one thing and it helpes a lot but what about, say [modelbuilder]? This one is connected with arcgis for sure but you cannot get that using * as they do not have any part of the word same... so what was in mind when writing the question was not only using * but also "is there also something else to use in examples like the one with argis" to make the list of tags complete? ....edited question with the link and made this into 2 questions
    – Abc1
    Commented Nov 18, 2017 at 19:57

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