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There have been many times when I've gone to type up a new question, clicking the ask question button and start to fill out the form.

But almost half of those times I've successfully found an answer thanks to the awesome suggestions of Similar Questions. Sometimes I just find posts in those suggestions I can't find with Google.

Thinking on this premise, I'm curious to know if the Stack Exchange team is tracking such behaviour and has measurable results they'd like to share?

This is purely for curiosity.

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How would you define an "almost question"? How many seconds into the question asking? How many characters? – Oded Apr 11 '12 at 18:49
Let's say I fill out a title and type my first sentence into the Question box – crockpotveggies Apr 11 '12 at 18:50
@Oded I think for DeLonge's purposes, typing out a title and getting the list of suggestions in the sidebar would count. I know I've done that more times than I've asked questions, myself. – Andrew Barber Apr 11 '12 at 18:51
My point is that without this kind of definition, collecting the info wouldn't be possible. And I doubt the SE team have defined such a thing. – Oded Apr 11 '12 at 18:52
Maybe some info could be gathered from the saved draft thing. – Mat Apr 11 '12 at 18:54
There might be some value here if it could be tied into question viewing analytics. I've typed up complete questions before, only to finally find a few would-be duplicates in the related question box that earlier searching didn't bring up. – Charles Apr 11 '12 at 19:57
I almost upvoted your question. – Robert Harvey Apr 11 '12 at 20:16
What would be the value? – Brian Apr 11 '12 at 20:35
IMO the value to StackExchange would be knowing the effectiveness of "similar question" results and seeing how questions many questions are disambiguated when not using a search engine. I'm sure this can be expanded upon. ;) – crockpotveggies Apr 11 '12 at 20:41
If you're curious about the effectiveness of the suggestion feature, then perhaps the following sequence could be tracked: (1) suggestion feature is activated (2) user clicks on one of the suggested links (3) user does not submit a question. – David Z Apr 11 '12 at 20:41
I never made it past that point. Zero questions until today. :) – toscho Apr 19 '12 at 1:16
If you're entering titles are included; I use that like a search engine, I do it evem when I know the question I'm looking for is there – Richard Tingle Sep 29 '13 at 8:36
I use "ask question" + title to search rather than ask quite a bit. That search seems more effective than the regular search feature. – Monica Cellio Sep 29 '13 at 17:28

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