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Interesting that they've moved to Lucene.net for search - I remember hearing them say that full text search is one of the reasons they were so happy with SQL Server.

I remember this too. Jeff Atwood made the comment in the stackoverflow blog back in 2008:

"We rely heavily on full-text search on stackoverflow.com, which worked amazingly well for us under SQL Server 2005. Looks like that’s no longer the case for SQL Server 2008, unfortunately."

Here's the entry: http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2008/11/sql-2008-full-text-sea...

ugh, no, I can't imagine ever saying that. Full Text Search in SQL Server is very badly integrated, buggy, deeply incompetent, and I hate it. Hate it hate it hate it hate it hate it.

I'm not sure where I got that impression then. Thanks for the correction!

what about microsoft FAST search? why it was not used?

What would you recommend for unstructured searches in .net platform?

I always search SO by Google -> some key words site:stackoverflow.com

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