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I like the new search, but the listing can become quite verbose. That is generally excellent because Stack Exchange is searching in more places. But now that you don't roll up search results to the original question, it becomes quite difficult to remember "that's not the question(s) I want … that's not the question(s) I want" when the questions' answers appear dozens of times scattered throughout the listings.

Why not group same-question entries together in the search results?

I realize that each individual post wont be sorted strictly "by relevance", but the most relevant question threads will be listed first… making it easier to skip over those entries once you decide that's not the question you're looking for.

Consider what we have now —

Apple SE > Search "Exchange contacts"

A: Exchange contacts do not appear in iCloud
A: Exchange contacts do not appear in iCloud
Q: iPhone Contact Sync
A: How to use Gmail contacts on an iPod Touch
A: Exchange contacts do not appear in iCloud
A: Exchange contacts do not appear in iCloud
A: How to use Gmail contacts on an iPod Touch
A: Exchange contacts do not appear in iCloud
A: Exchange contacts do not appear in iCloud
A: iPhone Contacts Sync
Q: Best way to transfer iphone contacts away from Exchange server
Q: Can I use Google's new CardDAV-based contacts sync to sync between my Exchange contacts and …
A: How to delete contacts from iPhone?
A: Can I use Google's new CardDAV-based contacts sync to sync between my Exchange contacts and … :
etc, etc.
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Once I realize I don't want that iCloud question… or that iPod Touch question… or that sync question — or a dozen others — it becomes extremely cumbersome to remember and search the listings for questions I didn't eliminate yet.

I'm not suggesting rolling up the results back to the original question… just grouping these posts together (I like seeing each answer-match with the text excerpt underneath). But once I eliminate the question entirely, it would be nice to scroll past those entries to continue my search… without all the noise of those entries reappearing over and over again in the search results.

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marked as duplicate by animuson, Rory, Bo Persson, Toon Krijthe, ChrisF Feb 14 '13 at 23:43

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I agree that grouping would be a great feature, but it would still be best if they defaulted to is:question.

If they implement grouping, they could use the expand/contract boxes like directory structures use.

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