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The search box took me too long to find. Granted, it is located in the upper-right corner of the page, which is a common location. However, the search box border is too light for me to easily see it out of my periphery. I think the border should be darker so you can see and be aware of it even if you don't need it yet.

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How big is your monitor? –  Troggy Aug 10 '09 at 21:23
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How bad is your eyesight? –  GEOCHET Aug 10 '09 at 21:48
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How many pecks of peppers could peter piper pick? –  TheTXI Aug 10 '09 at 21:54
    
"You’re right I posted something dumb … why? God, I’m so dumb!" -- Jeff Atwood –  Jeremy White May 23 '12 at 22:44

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Proposed change to SO to eliminate this problem:

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genius!!! –  Troggy Aug 10 '09 at 21:23
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I am sure someone can whip up some greasemonkey for this, right? –  GEOCHET Aug 10 '09 at 21:24
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still not seeing it. –  Jeff Atwood Aug 10 '09 at 21:30
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This reminds me of the scene in Clerks with the dumbass standing in front of a sign reading "Everything on this rack is $.99!!!" asking "How much is this?". –  GEOCHET Aug 10 '09 at 21:50
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I had the same problem, but now I realize my mistake: I was looking for a "sertch" box. –  GZipp Aug 10 '09 at 21:59
    
To be honest the search box is 100x easier to notice with the flashing arrows.. lol, maybe they should be added for real? –  ddddd Aug 10 '09 at 23:26
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No, Paul. –  Ian Elliott Aug 11 '09 at 1:03
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Pesto, could you add an epileptic warning to this post? –  Ladybug Killer Aug 11 '09 at 8:18

To be fair, my monitor at work sucks and makes items blend together if they don't have a high contrast in color between them. The border around the search box is pretty dim.

However, if I were looking for it, I would have no trouble finding it, and failing that, there's always the trusty "find in page" function on every browser out there.

I do not support this suggestion.

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I think it would be hard to miss if you found the Ask Question button. Additionally, attempting to ask a question for the first time I believe prompts you about searching first, and I know when you type in the title for your question, it brings up a search. More simply put, I believe there are a lot of tools in place to help keep you from asking before searching, so I'm not sure there's a reason to make the search box any more obvious.

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Well, it's nice to know my post garnered so much attention, particularly that of Jeff.

Seeing as how this is a communal knowledge dump, the most prominent features should be the Ask Question button and the Search field. If I were to draw a line of where my eyes were glancing on this page for the first time, it starts at the Stack Overflow logo, and abruptly turns downward at the Ask Question button and then turns to the main page content. My path avoids completely the top bar, such that I have to check again for the Search box.

I am using Steve Kruggs' "Don't Make Me Think" as a basis for my suggestion. I shouldn't have to think about how to access one of the main features of the site. Maybe a little repositioning is in order. I also like the flashing arrows :-P

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My monitor is 1600x1200 BTW. –  Jeremy White Aug 11 '09 at 6:01
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Considering the number of posts on here about how bad the search is, it probably isn't something that should be highlighted. Really, search is not a main feature of this site. StackOverflow's homepage is Google, pure and simple. The first thing somebody should see when hitting the site is an accepted answer. –  Eric Aug 11 '09 at 6:04
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I kind of agree with Eric. I view our search as an advanced thing, since Google does "gee, it kinda sorta sounds like this, I think.." a million times better than we do. But do check out our advanced search options -- meta.stackoverflow.com/search –  Jeff Atwood Aug 11 '09 at 7:49
    
I had forgotten that the intent was mostly to land on an answer from Google. I think Jeff even mentioned it in a post at some point. –  Jeremy White Aug 11 '09 at 15:03

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