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I know that we are not able to search in comments, but why? Is this a technical problem? Is this only a lack of funcionality of the software?

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I'm puzzled. You can search for comments. They are part of the webpage, pure text. So you can search for them. – Ladybug Killer Nov 28 '09 at 16:14
@John - correct, but only the ones deemed "most important"... the rest are hidden under AJAX. – deleted Nov 28 '09 at 16:25
@Isaac Waller: Use Google! It's much better than anything Jeff can invent. Do we really need a Ninja search option for comments? – Ladybug Killer Nov 28 '09 at 20:29
@John Smithers: That's what Isaac is saying--you can't use Google reliably because it will only index the top-voted comments in long threads. Google doesn't index ajax-fetched content. – Kip Nov 29 '09 at 0:27

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Is this a technical problem? Is this only a lack of funcionality of the software?

More of a philosophical problem. I think Jeff has said somewhere that comments aren't considered content per se, and that they shouldn't be considered part of the permanent, canonical question/answer. As such, he probably doesn't think there's much value in searching them (if there's anything important there, it should be in the question or answer!).

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In this answer (meta.stackexchange.com/questions/23771#23786), Jeff suggests that he'd like to be able to search comments, but doesn't give any indication that it's ever going to happen. – Anton Geraschenko Dec 25 '09 at 6:19

It's a feature that has not been enabled in (or even written into) the software.

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I'd vote for the feature to be written in and offered as an advanced search option. I commented under meta.stackexchange.com/q/23771/166799 – Graham Perrin Aug 5 '11 at 13:32

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