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It would be nice to have a shortcut for searching post of type question (is:question) or answers (is:answer) to reduce typing.

See also search for my post by using user:me.

I would suggest is:q for questions and is:a for answers.

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That was a fast downvote. – Jehof Jan 10 '13 at 13:53
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Somebody doesn't want a shortcut. – Daniel Fischer Jan 10 '13 at 13:54
    
Note that downvotes mean disagreement on meta. I don't think theres that much difference between is:question and is:q. I'd prefer a GUI for search rather than linking one syntax to another. I imagine the search for the non-techy users of the non-techy sites is not easy-to-use. – Matt Jan 10 '13 at 13:54
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No need to shortcut anything to save a few keystrokes. – Toon Krijthe Jan 10 '13 at 13:55
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This doesn't hurt us to support this...so if we can make life easier, why not?

Sure, it'll be in the next build...is:q and is:a will be supported in addition to the full is:question and is:answer versions. These are a power-user feature to begin with, any time we can shave off common activities is a good thing, given there's no downside to doing so.

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Is "Add links to filter by questions only or answers only" which takes their current query and just links to the version with "is:question" or "is:answer" worth a new feature request? It's pretty much a shortcut – random Jan 10 '13 at 17:29
    
@random - I'm on little sleep so not parsing that correctly, can you rephrase? – Nick Craver Jan 10 '13 at 17:35
    
On the sidebar, "Show only questions" and the link takes the current query, but The System adds "is:question" to it. Same for "Show only answers matching your search" Helps them learn the tricks if they see what happens when you want to drill down like that – random Jan 10 '13 at 17:38
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@random - we've considered a full UI for search options before, it may be something we play with later...focus has shifted to the server move in NYC this weekend for the moment though. – Nick Craver Jan 10 '13 at 17:39

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