Well, after being on the site for quite awhile, I couldn't help but notice that the search function the site offers, well... is not the best.
Currently, to find any specific question, or any questions regarding a certain subject, I go on to Google and type
site:stackoverflow.com Question Keywords Here
And I get better results than those the native search allows.
Points that I find that could be improved:
- When sorting by votes, relevance drops to zero.
- One needs to almost know the exact name of the question in order to find it.
- Even when sorting by relevance, you often don't get very relevant questions. (Search for
[php] how to implement search bar, and you get pretty much anything except for how to implement a simple search bar.)
- I'm missing a "sort by popularity" feature, as these questions are usually the most linked (canonical questions, questions with good practices explained well, etc).
Could we implement those points? Moreover, could we have a Google Custom Search or a similar service for the time being? I don't think users should use Google to search on Stack Overflow in order to find decent search results.