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Tag search boolean issue

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You can only use the negative boolean if you have also used another tag (that’s not negated). Otherwise it shows no results. I often want to look for all fics with word A in the summary without tag B, and don’t want to limit it any further (often due to many fics missing various tags).

As an example, searching for a Harry Potter fic with
 

Summary: Harry 

Tags: -Rape

gives no results, but 

Summary: Harry 

Tags: PWP -Rape

or

Summary: Harry 

Tags: 

gives results just fine. Testing shows the same happens if you only have a negated term in the Summary and Title fields, but it’s less of an issue as you are not very likely to only use the negative there. 

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That’s actually not a bug.  It’s how boolean search WORKS.  You have to have a positive statement to search with against the negative statement

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