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Search settings save option needs to be discoverable
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Search settings were apparently moved out of the preferences and into the 'advanced' options of the search itself. Given that the average user will never actually go to the 'advanced' options and instead just click on the button for whatever they're actually searching for (content, multimedia, or just anything), this does not make the settings discoverable and leads the user to assume that there are no settings, and that, even if all they ever search for is under 'everything', they will simply need to click on 'everything' after an initial wrong-namespace search every single time they search, when this is simply not the case.

The search settings save option needs to be made more discoverable, perhaps by adding some access to or other indication of its existence from the other searches.

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Isarra created this task.Apr 20 2015, 5:07 PM
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This is a WORKSFORME. The description of the supposed problem is completely backwords: if I don't imagine an advanced search exists, I can't be looking for advanced search settings.

As I already said at https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T54817 ,

The behaviour is similar to what happens with the login checkbox, I can't imagine it being so confusing. Only few users very used to the wiki will set their preferred namespaces before their first search. [...]
As far as I know Special:Preferences contains options for about 3 special pages. It's also less common for users to set preferences for Special:Search without ever having visited it: so the action of tweaking preferences will happen in a visit to Special:Search which would have happened anyway, and the total number of special pages visited should be lower (because it's not necessary to switch to Special:Preferences to save the search options you just selected).