I was just asking a question on Stack Overflow and after entering the title I got a hundred or so related questions, which are absolutely unrelated to anything I care about. Did anyone actually bothered to scroll the down and see more than the first 5 hints? Wouldn't it make more sense to filter it a bit better?
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The stackoverflow search leaves much to be desired, however it is a useful quick check to see if there are any questions already asking the same thing. I think they could improve on it.
However, the site has been setup to help Google index the content as many people have pointed out that Google is really StackOverflow's homepage, and the majority of users will come from there and land on the question which answers their question (ie: google search).
Some ideas for additional search options have been suggested regarding the general search, and I think that the similar question search/filter needs to also be improved.
I have actually found the suggested results on the ask a question screen a lot more helpful than those that are returned by the search sometimes, I suppose with more questions the filters should be tightened up a bit.
Because the /ask page is matching entirely and exclusively on words in the title. Bad titles, bad results; good titles, good results.
It always made me laugh a little that people claimed this "method" of searching was better and more effective than our search box, which searches for your search terms in both title and body.