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When searching a site, we have four tabs: relevance,newest,votes,active.

Now, the auto-focused tab is "relevance". Sometimes, I want to search via the newest tab. Since search sucks, this required multiple searches.

But, every time I change my search, it defaults to the relevance tab. Which means I have to go through an extra page load, and extra click, and I hit the rate limit pretty fast (You can only perform 6 searches within a 60 second window, please wait a moment and try again.).

The same applies to chat. There are the tabs relevance,stars,newest. IMO, relevance is useless. Again, I hit the rate limit and have to wait a minute since I need to keep switching tabs.

Pretty annoying.

Tabs are supposed to be..well..tabs. They don't change unless you want them to. That's pretty standard when it comes to tabs.

Can we please add tab memory to the search tabs?

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I too find the limit annoying, though I doubt switching tabs counts towards that. Nick wrote a year ago: In the next build tabs/pages will not count. So, if it does count, that's actually a bug. (Still then, remembering the tabs is nice anyhow.) –  Arjan Jun 8 '12 at 10:53
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This is something we should be able to fix pretty easily. I'll bring it up next week. –  Jeremy T Apr 3 '13 at 18:08
    
@JeremyTunnell: Thanks :) –  Manishearth Apr 3 '13 at 18:09

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I took this to the team, and unfortunately it's going to be a no fix.

Besides the fact that this used to be the other way and it was specifically altered to behave in the way it currently does (before I got here), the main argument is that search result relevance is by far the best sort...to the point that getting results by any other sort method would be confusing.

Keep in mind that we did greatly improve relevance recently when we moved to a new search engine.

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True... The only time I use search is when I'm looking for a meta post that I already know exists (in which case "newest" usually works best) –  Manishearth Apr 9 '13 at 6:28
    
What about chat? AFAICT, chat search is still on the old engine (and it's still default OR). –  Manishearth Apr 9 '13 at 6:28
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Moving chat to a elastic search is actually on our planning board; it just keeps getting bumped for more important things. I'd like to wait till that goes out for anymore tweaks. –  Jeremy T Apr 9 '13 at 13:54

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