I am talking about this search mentioned in this answer.

It is supposed to give the number of answers by me (or by any user if the number 4732 is changed accordingly) that are accepted. When I am using the search query as a logged in member it is returning the correct result. Right now I checked and it returned "559 results". But every time when I use it without logging in it shows "500 results".

Is this the way the search is supposed to work? Or is it a bug that needs to be fixed?

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This is on purpose, according to staff member @animuson here:

Search is heavily rate-limited in various ways for anonymous users for performance reasons. Anonymous users get cut off after 500 results and are also limited to three tags when performing tag searches. I believe there were a couple other minor features that are disabled for anonymous users. The sorting options were also disabled at the time, but I don't know if they are still disabled for anonymous users.

They were implemented many years ago to mitigate a DDOS attack and then never removed.

Other searches, like searching for questions only also demonstrate this behaviour.

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