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The search engine that works behind the scenes to generate the "Questions that may already have your answer" is staggeringly amazing; even this first draft at a not very good title brings up exactly the question I was going to ask as the first result:

New question screen

On the other hand the search bar doesn't do quite such a good job:

Search screen

So I'd like to propose that a little of the "New question screen" magic go into the search bar.

Or to propose this in a little less wishy washy way; that (in addition to normal search results) top results from the "Questions that may already have your answer" box go into the search box as if the search had been phrased as a new question.

This will help casual users who may search but may not (attempt to) ask. This will additionally be helpful for experienced users because (due to draft saving) you cannot have two independent new question pages open at once. As such I can't use the new question based search while also drafting a question

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I apologise in advance for the confusion having screen shots of meta on meta brings –  Richard Tingle Jul 7 '13 at 21:12
StackOverflowException: Stack Overflow Overflowed Showing Pictures of Meta on Meta –  Linuxios Jul 7 '13 at 22:12
In the interim, when you want to search just type it into the question title box instead ;) –  WendiKidd Jul 7 '13 at 22:46
+1 That is so true that in fact, it's been some time I don't use the search feature anymore, and use the "Ask question" instead. –  Boris Jul 8 '13 at 7:05
possible duplicate of Search box vs Question title –  user221081 Jul 8 '13 at 11:46
The duplicate certainly seems heavily related; although im making an explicit feature request (and changes seem to have been made in response to that question so im requesting additional changes) –  Richard Tingle Aug 9 '13 at 12:47
This question is old but it has been asked again. My guess is that the "similar question search" is tolerant while the regular search is strict (all words you're searching for have to exist in a result). By the way: I guess google does this "tolerant" search (with a couple of amazing algorithms of course) which sometimes is annoying: when you strictly want the result to contain a specific word it's hard to force that (even with the infamous "+" in front. -- In the end I guess it's a UX question whether or not a search should be (somewhat) tolerant. –  leemes Aug 11 at 17:18
@leemes The question you linked to is from yesterday and certainly not old. Also, it is a discussion, whereas this is a feature-request. –  dirkk Aug 12 at 5:41
@dirkk I meant this question here is old and the reason I add a comment now is that it has been linked in the new question. ;) –  leemes Aug 12 at 13:25
@leemes Don't ever enter latex into Google if you want a specific result for Knuth's text-formatting language ... –  Agi Hammerthief Sep 27 at 23:27

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