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Is it possible to create a query rule and have the condition match a keyword in a complex KQL query? For example the following query is being issued from a third party application using the REST endpoint. Could we create a query rule that would fire on the query below for the condition "query contains programmer"?

querytext="(programmer)(Location:California)"

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Sure, create the rule and use:

  • Advanced Query Text Match
  • Query contains one of these phrases (semi-colon separated) = Programmer

On a side note you know you can also configure "Query Client Types" and give the developers an ID to pass with their query for logging and performance tuning.

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  • I've created a rule that matches fine when only a simple keyword query is performed. However when i add any KQL syntax the rule doesn't fire. Thanks for the tip on client types!
    – user706803
    Feb 26 '15 at 16:10
  • Over on Search Explained Mikael Svenson pointed out ""Every query condition becomes false if the query is not a simple keyword query, such as if it has quotes, property filters, parentheses, or special operators. " this may be causing your Query rule to fail. Feb 27 '15 at 13:19
  • So I guess it's not possible to use query rules for more advanced queries? That's sad news...
    – user706803
    Feb 27 '15 at 17:06
  • The problem was with the syntax of my query. Once I corrected the query the rule fired successfully. I ended up breaking the query up and using the QueryTemplate for the property filtering.
    – user706803
    Feb 27 '15 at 18:22

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