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Search boxes and similarly dependant items (like the "Questions that may already have your answer" div) should return answers from all sites.

Rationale:

  1. Search box: If a casual user is searching for something, they shouldn't need to know which site to search. At the moment the process is that they go to the most likely site based on site title and search there. Not everybody knows the 90+ sites we have.

  2. Questions that may...: A user could notice that the same question they are asking belongs to another site, or has been answered elsewhere and thus not create an off-topic question on the site.

This specifically refers to the searches on the single sites and it is a different request from this.

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the simple answer is just to search the Internet first, which you should have done as a part of your research before asking a question anyway. –  Jeff Atwood Dec 8 '12 at 11:48

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I sort-of-agree to this one. Even if it would be implemented, you'll need to make sure that the search quality is very high, and also you'll need to give weight to the relationships between sites.

I.e a question from ServerFault is more likely to popup on Stack Overflow than questions from Lego.stackexchange.

Also, the ideal is that off-topic questions are migrated to different sites.

I could 100% agree if you were to offer this on the stackexchange.com search engine, and not on any particular site.

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The need for quality is independent of it, though. Even with the current quality there's still value in not having users guess the site. –  Sklivvz Dec 8 '12 at 10:20

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