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(There must be something obvious I've missed, if so apologies in advance...)

I was looking for the page with the search tips, and couldn't find it. Its not on the main page, not in the FAQ, not in the first page of the extended FAQ. To find it, I had to search for something like asdasdasdasdasd, which asked me if I'd like to "See our search links". Well yes, I would, but I'd like an easier way to do it.


  • Clicking on the magnifying glass could go there.
  • There could be a question mark to the right of the search box, like so: (?)
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This appears on every search result page (screenshot presented in ye olde traditional hand-drawn Meta style)

  • doing a blank search will take you to the search help page

  • doing a search that returns no results will provide search tips as well (though different ones, I need to make sure they're cross-linked..)

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For breaking out the Paint skillz. – random Nov 4 '09 at 9:38
Is that Mister Fantastic or Plastic Man helping with the search? – random Nov 4 '09 at 9:46
It may not be obvious (at least for me) that to get to the advanced search you have to perform a blank or dummy search first. Why not add a direct link somewhere? – pesche Jan 23 '11 at 12:51
@pesche there is a direct link in the faq, of course, nobody reads that – Jeff Atwood Jan 23 '11 at 12:53
Yeah, should have gone there again. It's probably why I knew that there is a Ninja page and then I started searching meta instead of the FAQ... – pesche Jan 23 '11 at 13:08

I would be fine with a ? beside the box, but clicking on the magnifying glass is canonically accepted to mean "Search".

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Searching for something that returns very few results will provide a link to the search tips page in the sidebar. Also, searching for nothing will bring you to this page (Just hit enter in the search box).

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Useful to know in the future (searching for nothing). I'm not sure if we could be expected to know that though. – Paul Biggar Aug 24 '09 at 21:37

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