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We have a custom JavaScript input box that passing the search term to the search result in a public SharePoint site.

When a user log in to the site and search for stuff, everything works great. However, when an anonymous visitor try to search for something without log in, the http://site?k={searchterm} just don't work, after I change "?" to "#", it works great again.

I wonder what's the difference between #k= and ?k=, and which one is the correct syntax ?

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I find this from one of the questions:

When a user insert a search query in the search box, this 'search word' is automatically added to the URL (for example: "results.aspx?k=word")

When the user inserts a new query, or will choose another search navigation item (for example 'People') this keyword is still in the url. So if he afterwards search for a second word, the URL become like "/results.aspx?k=word#k=second"

search URL keyword parameter reset

Also Read the Comment from this blog, it will give you more information. https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/tothesharepoint/2013/09/18/how-to-change-the-text-that-is-displayed-in-the-search-box-web-part-in-sharepoint-server-2013/

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