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Search for "what is a monad" in SO. The first page of search results does not include the question what is a monad? which has been favorited and upvoted over ten times.


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@Marc thanks for adding the "discussion" tag – user130657 Jul 15 '09 at 13:27
(we're trying to categorise everything as "bug", "feature-request", "discussion", etc; if you think it is one of the other two, just re-tag it) – Marc Gravell Jul 15 '09 at 14:01
Maybe you can be interested in this question: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/4746/… – Eliseo Ocampos Jul 15 '09 at 14:42
see my response, below -- try it again – Jeff Atwood Jul 27 '09 at 11:57

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A few recent changes in search..

  1. Search now HEAVILY weights title in the results, since people seemed to really like that approach (used on the /ask page, which searched exclusively on title alone).

  2. Any individual search terms which map directly to the top 40 tags will be auto-converted to tag searches. So if you enter

    c++ entities

    it will convert to

    [c++] entities


Try again and see if it is more to your liking.


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This has frustrated me as well, when i know i remember a portion of a title, but can't find the question among all the others that include that phrase in their bodies. But something still seems screwy: why doesn't this search: meta.stackoverflow.com/… ... immediately produce this question: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/8401/… ? – Shog9 Jul 27 '09 at 14:18
I suspect it has to do with the stopword list, but have you tried specifying you want highest voted results first? meta.stackoverflow.com/… – Jeff Atwood Jul 27 '09 at 14:48
also try searching for "programming questions" with the quotes. Avoiding stopwords seems to be the magic ingredient here. – Jeff Atwood Jul 27 '09 at 14:55
Damn stopwords... – Shog9 Jul 27 '09 at 16:34

Yes, but google finds it virtually at the top, so all is not lost ;-p

I do wonder if the site can't just use google for the search; ideally site-specific (custom search), but heck, vanilla would do.

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Yes, power it with Google/Bing. – akarnokd Jul 15 '09 at 13:23

It is pretty common knowledge right now that Google searching StackOverflow (and related sites) is much better than using the StackOverflow search.

You could also try http://www.askjonskeet.com, but I would still stick with Google.

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