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How do you search by user?

On http://superuser.com/search it states:

posts from a specific user user:1234 apples oranges

However when I run a search for my own posts:


I get many threads that I have never participated in, such as the first two hits:


Why wouldn't I want to run Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise x64 instead of Windows 7 Ultimate x64?

Is this my misunderstanding of a fairly simple looking search term, a bug that only affects my username, or a general bug?


EDIT: Thanks for the duplicate, but that "duplicate" just says user:id and not realizing that it really means numeric id only, would not have led me to the answer I found here. I would have gone on being frustrated trying to use my login name. Nonetheless it was an honor to be edited by The Jeff.

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marked as duplicate by perbert, Ladybug Killer, Jon Seigel, juanformoso, Lance Roberts Apr 13 '10 at 18:29

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Names aren't unique. Try user:me or user:4969 (your id) – ChrisF Apr 12 '10 at 19:46
Thank you, Chris. Those searches work fine. Where is this documented? Where do I even find my user ID (other than ask Chris?) It's not on the page linked to my username. – kmarsh Apr 12 '10 at 19:52
This begs another question... since no one else with a username of kmarsh is involved in those threads, just what does the search engine think it is returning? – kmarsh Apr 12 '10 at 19:53
@kmarsh: To find your user ID, look at the URL of your user page. It's the number before your name (101547 here on Meta). – mmyers Apr 12 '10 at 19:58
I should have said as names aren't unique the search doesn't use them - sorry for causing more confusion. – ChrisF Apr 12 '10 at 20:01
Thank you mmyers & Chris. – kmarsh Apr 12 '10 at 20:04

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User names aren't unique, as ChrisF pointed out, which makes it infeasible to search by username.

To search for posts by a specific user you have to use use user:user_id, with an alternative shorthand user:me.

To see your user name you should look at the url of your profile:

http://meta.stackoverflow.com/users/101547/kmarsh (The number in bold is your user id in Meta SO.)

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Nice, I never knew about user:me before! Too bad I've already memorized my user ID. – Aarobot Apr 12 '10 at 20:57

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