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When searching on SO, I really don't care about the "Relevance" tab. I much prefer the "Newest" or "Active" tabs.

I would like to be able to search either by "Newest", "Votes" or "Active" results, without having to click another tab after searching. You can call me lazy, but I prefer "efficient".

I was thinking something along the lines of:

[industry-standard] results:newest


[industry-standard] results:votes


[industry-standard] results:active

If no "results:" option is specified, then it would continue to search using the "Relevance" tab as default, since that's how it behaves now.

I hope this hasn't been asked already, but with so many questions just being titled "Advanced search features", I may have missed a duplicate.

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I thought clicking is more easier than writing. – hims056 Jul 2 '13 at 12:52
I dunno, I can type really fast, and I rather cut out the middle man and skip right to the results I want. – LittleBobbyTables Jul 2 '13 at 12:57
why not both? make the middle man run an advanced search and select relevance as default criteria if nothing is entered – Vogel612's Shadow Jul 2 '13 at 13:04
@LBT as I read it right now you are asking for a search reform, removing "Relevance" and making users type more for the same results when using the middle man... ;) – Vogel612's Shadow Jul 2 '13 at 13:08

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