Learn how to make the most of Dropl's expired content search engine.

Search Query Syntax

  • AND — signifies AND operation
  • OR — signifies OR operation
  • NOT — negates a single query
  • "query" — wraps a query for exact match searches
  • ( and ) — query grouping
  • ~N — after a word signifies edit distance (fuzziness)

The AND operator

Example: Houston AND lawyer

Returns results related to lawyers and Houston.

The OR operator

Example: Houston OR Dallas

Returns results related to either query.

The NOT operator

Example: dogs NOT puppies

The negative operator helps refine results by filtering out unwanted content.

" " Exact match phrase

Example: "personal injury"

( query ) Query grouping

Example: (Houston OR Dallas OR Austin) AND lawyer

~N Fuzziness

The ~ is the Tilde key on your keyboard
Example: puppies~2 results in puppies, hippies, puppet, supplies, etc.

Returns documents that contain terms similar to the search term, as measured by a Levenshtein edit distance.

An edit distance is the number of one-character changes needed to turn one term into another. These changes can include:

  • Changing a character (box → fox)
  • Removing a character (black → lack)
  • Inserting a character (sic → sick)
  • Transposing two adjacent characters (act → cat)

To find similar terms, the fuzzy query creates a set of all possible variations, or expansions, of the search term within a specified edit distance. The query then returns exact matches for each expansion.