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Recently, I asked this in SO, then in a comment I got pointed to this question, which is basically the same.

The issue here is that I searched for the term 'size_t' looking for something relative and the mentioned question didn't appear among the results, or when I typed the question title in 'related questions'.

What is the criteria for searching? IMO, if I search for I would like to see all questions that have (at least) this term in the question title.

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You'd be better off using Google and searching on stackoverflow.com instead of trying to rely on the search system that is built in.

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New feature request: Replace search box with Google site search. – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Jul 13 '09 at 14:20
@Pesto: This is not a new request at all. Turned down many times, and discussed on the podcast. – GEOCHET Jul 13 '09 at 14:21
Agreed. The only thing I ever use the StackOverflow search box for is tag searching, and that is it. – TheTXI Jul 13 '09 at 14:21
@Rich B: New feature request: Shut up. – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Jul 13 '09 at 14:23
@Pesto: This is not a new request at all. Turned down many times, and discussed on the podcast. – GEOCHET Jul 13 '09 at 14:23
@Rich B: Oh, I must have missed it because I tried using the site's search system to find it. – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Jul 13 '09 at 14:24
@Pesto: There is your problem. Try searching Uservoice. – GEOCHET Jul 13 '09 at 14:24
UserVoice: The only site that has a worse search function than StackOverflow. – TheTXI Jul 13 '09 at 14:25

You are also much better off using the external tools. In addition to using:


You can use things like:


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Apparently Jon Skeet doesn't know much about size_t, sadly. Or at least, he hasn't felt the need to share that knowledge. – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Jul 13 '09 at 14:22

I've just come to accept that the search system is far less reliable than the memory of other users. It's kind of like a distributed search through pedantry.

Also, creating a question with the title "What is size_t in C++?" causes the system to not even be able to provide a similar question, even though they obviously exist. Actually, this is really messed up. The question title "What is size_t in C++?" doesn't work, but "What is size_t in sdfsdklfjdsf?" gives possible duplicates. Who wrote this thing?!

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