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Is there a better way to do complex and/or multi-category searches against a WordPress.com blog but to rely on MS-Internet Explorer feed display?

  1. I am looking for posts on my blog that fall under the categories “English” (ESL teaching) and (“listening” OR “speaking-4-skills” – never mind the “-4-skills”, another oddity – you can change the slug of posts, but can you change the slug of categories and tags also?).
  2. https://plagwitz.wordpress.com/category/study-program-is-any/all-languages/english/feed or shorter https://plagwitz.wordpress.com/feed/?category_name=english, opened with MS-Internet Explorer’s feed display allows me to access the result of the 2 AND searches with 2 additional clicks
  3. : wordpress-multi-category-search-and-or-needs-internet-explorer-feed-display
  4. OR search works: https://plagwitz.wordpress.com/feed/?category_name=listening,speaking-4-skills
  5. AND search works, so I could provide 2 separate links:
    1. https://plagwitz.wordpress.com/feed/?category_name=english+listening
    2. https://plagwitz.wordpress.com/feed/?category_name=english+speaking-4-skills
  6. But I cannot find the syntax that would give me both AND and OR against categories, for the following return nothing (what is the operator precedence of “+” and “,”)
    1.  https://plagwitz.wordpress.com/feed/?category_name=english+listening,speaking-4-skills
    2. https://plagwitz.wordpress.com/feed/?category_name=listening,speaking-4-skills+english
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  1. Pam
    2012/04/23 at 10:07

    Have you tried Educational Hash Tags on Twitter?

    • 2012/04/23 at 14:32

      Thanks, Pam – my question was more specific to the WordPress.com platform. Re twitter, I should first try and figure out how to autmatically convert my post tags and cateogories into hashtags when tweeting them… That is probably going to be my next question post 🙂

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