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If I type question or answer ID into the search box, I would expect that to shortcut me to that question or at least a search results page with that answer/question.

But it doesn't.

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closed as off topic by Michael Haren, Ether, Ladybug Killer, ベレアー アダム, Jeff Atwood Dec 16 '09 at 22:17

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Looks like your expectations are wrong. –  random Dec 16 '09 at 14:32
    
That's why this is a feature request instead of a bug –  Michael Haren Dec 16 '09 at 14:39
    
Personally I just expect the search box to return an arbitrary set of questions and answers that are partially related to my query. I would never expect a the results of a search to return what I want. That's just unreasonable. –  XMLbog Dec 16 '09 at 14:40
    
This is not a novel idea. Many sites do this already: eBay, Amazon, Redmine, FogBugz... –  Michael Haren Dec 16 '09 at 14:51
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Trac does that sort of thing as well: #123 takes you to ticket 123, r123 to commit 123, CamelCase to wiki page CamelCase, etc. It is quite useful, and entering a bare number in the SO search should be a pretty good indication that the user wants to go there. –  retracile Dec 16 '09 at 15:00
    
This feature works for me. –  jjnguy Dec 16 '09 at 16:29
    
It looks like it's been implemented. Thanks SO team! –  Michael Haren Dec 16 '09 at 17:21
    
it's been implemented for MANY MANY MONTHS. –  Jeff Atwood Dec 16 '09 at 22:19
    
hmmm...that's weird. I tried it on two machines... I guess I'm crazy. Thanks, nonetheless! –  Michael Haren Dec 16 '09 at 23:57
    
well, it does have to be a minimum # of digits, but this is rarely a problem in actual use. –  Jeff Atwood Dec 17 '09 at 1:45

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uhh.. it already does that?

http://meta.stackoverflow.com/search?q=33155

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Type a space after the number. That usually solves it for me.

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That helps but isn't quite there. In the case of SO# 338156, it takes me to a duplicate which leads me to the question I was asking for –  Michael Haren Dec 16 '09 at 14:38
    
I know this was the only way of making it work on an iPod touch. I have no idea why the space makes a difference. Other than that, I have no ideas. –  alex Dec 16 '09 at 14:49

Just a point, but if you know the question ID, why don't you type it into the address bar?

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i.e. http://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/<ID> –  ChrisF Dec 16 '09 at 15:42
    
Yes, that's the work around... –  Michael Haren Dec 16 '09 at 15:48
    
It's not really intended behaviour for the search box to work like that. It IS intended behaviour for the address bar to work like that. –  Phoshi Dec 16 '09 at 15:50
    
Actually it is intended behavior. –  jjnguy Dec 16 '09 at 16:30
    
@jjnguy: it appears to only have been implemented today; thanks! –  Michael Haren Dec 16 '09 at 17:22
    
Was implemented MONTHS AGO. –  Jeff Atwood Dec 16 '09 at 22:34

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