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According to the search FAQ, to search for a user one uses the search parameters "user:<user>". However, searching for myself actually yields a search result that appears to match all posts matching "user". Am I indeed not worthy of "Super Ninja" status, or is this a bug? :)

EDIT: Now that this is answered, the question has morphed into a feature request.

EDIT2: I should have tried to use the "Users" tab, rather than just the search bar.

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You can search users by their username: http://meta.stackoverflow.com/users

Try typing in "Jonathan" and find me.

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Try typing in "Eric" to find me on StackOverflow. I AM A GHOST. –  Eric Aug 17 '09 at 5:12
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you're my seventh favorite Eric, but with the right incentive, I might consider you for that sixth spot. –  Jeff Atwood Aug 22 '09 at 5:09

You need to search by your user number, not your username:

http://stackoverflow.com/search?q=user:40468

If you look at the sample searches on the search page you'll see that you need to provide it a user number, not a username.

Since usernames aren't unique, I don't think that it's a good idea to try to support searching by username as well, as you may get results from several users.

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A ha, so simple! I totaly misunderstood the FAQ. But still, who is likely to remember a userid vs. a name? –  Ether Aug 15 '09 at 21:25
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You can also search by user:me if you're logged in. –  Ian Elliott Aug 15 '09 at 21:34
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@Ian: That's funny, mine works with user:awesome. –  Eric Aug 16 '09 at 0:40

Please reconsider. If I type a username into the search box, it should match on user accounts first, and question content second.

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Here's how to search for your own questions and answers: http://stackoverflow.com/search?q=user:me

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