- Go to https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Random_page
- Type "#whatever" in the search bar, whereever that's located in your skin
- Press enter or click the "search" icon
- See that you're redirected to https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki#whatever
Expected result: The search result page displays. That is, I'd have been shown real search results if I'd opened https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Special:Search and typed `#whatever` in the input on said special page. The very same should be displayed when searching through the search bar that comes with the skin.
== Original task description ==
I wanted to search for some IRC channel on mediawiki.org and noticed that I was unable to search for it, or any other string starting with a `#`. I thought it might be a skin issue, so I changed from my default (Timeless) to Vector, but it also appeared there.
Typing `#foo` in the search bar (top-right on every page in Vector) will just redirect me to [[MediaWiki#Foo]], no matter which page I was on before.
Now the interesting part is, when I type in `bar` it naturally searches for `bar` and the search result page appears, which has another input for keywords on it's top (prefilled with `bar` now). If I take //that// input box and type `#foo` there, it'll actually show me search results for `foo`. Still, those seem to ignore the `#`: Testing with `#wikimedia-operations` and looking for some search result that actually is about the irc channel, the search result boldens only the `wikimedia-operations` part of the search result, not boldening the `#`.
I don't know if that's the same or a different issue, but even if I type `#wikimedia-operations` in the "Exactly this text" field, it still matches "Wikimedia Operations", which is **not** "exactly this text": It's missing a hash, and it's having a space where i searched for a dash.