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Sometimes I can best remember a question by its comments. How can I search for a question that way?

Downloading the data dump is not viable because it may be a question posted today...

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Very true. Much of what I recall is based on other users' comments, not my own. Using the accepted answer below, http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=site:superuser.com+version*+Lion+awesome+devel‌​oper did find what I want, but it took me a few minutes to figure this out. IMHO it would be much neater to allow searches from within Stack Exchange, or from within a particular stack. Not a default; an advanced search option. –  Graham Perrin Aug 5 '11 at 13:29
    
Here is a feature-request that covers this. –  Lance Roberts Jan 7 '13 at 14:19
    
I feel your pain. –  superuser Jan 13 '13 at 5:40
    
For comments which are less than a week old go to activity tab -> comments. Here you can see all your comment ordered by latest first. So you can easily search latest comments. For older commnets you can search them from the data-explorer. See this answer –  hims056 Apr 24 at 9:26
    
@hims056 Not my comments, other users' comments. –  RedFilter Apr 24 at 17:15
    
@red i didn't get you. –  hims056 Apr 24 at 17:18

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Since the top five comments of each post are displayed in the page, Google indexing can pick them up. So if you can remember key words from the comments, a Google search (with site:stackoverflow.com, of course) should be able to find them.

For example, I know I once made a comment with the phrase "four-year-old". I can use this search to find it again (the second link shows my name in the preview, so it's a pretty good bet).

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So that was YOU. I remember that comment! I'll be damned if I can remember the question though... –  RedFilter Oct 1 '09 at 20:23

You can't at the moment. It's annoying to me, too.

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Its ok, we should ask the guys that make this site to... wait a minute... –  perbert Sep 28 '09 at 23:19
    
Why would anybody want to search for comments? –  Tom Jun 21 '10 at 21:00
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@Tom: I was just awarded the "Pundit" badge, which apparently means 10 of my comments have been upvoted 10 times. I'm quite interested to see which ones they are! (Yes I'm vain :-P) –  j_random_hacker Oct 3 '10 at 10:29
    
@Tom I would like to search for all my comments with '-1' to see whether they should stay that way, or if I was in a foul mood that day. Some times I leave comments I mean to be temporary and I tag them with some text; I may have forgot about some. –  artless noise Apr 13 '13 at 21:17

It won't help with other people's comments, but for your own comments to questions posted today, click your name at the top of the page to get to your profile page and then click on the "recent" tab near the middle of the page. This should show comments for the last couple days or so.

Additionally, to search older comments you don't have to download the entire data dump. Just use http://data.stackexchange.com

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You can use in your profile activity tab with comments tag.

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Useful (I did this a few times), but not when seeking other people's comments. –  Graham Perrin Aug 5 '11 at 13:31

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