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I have been using search frequently over the past couple of days and have some suggestions for improvements.

When I search for a tag like this

[jquery]

I get the following:

  • Search box is cleared and the words search appear, this means I have to retype [jquery] again if I need to refine my search
  • The number of questions that match the search are shown
  • The words "40,227 questions tagged" is displayed
  • Search tips not displayed

When I search in combination with a tag like this

[jquery] hasaccepted:1

I get the following:

  • Search terms are displayed in the search box so that I can further refine my search
  • The number of questions that match the search are not show
  • The words "posts containing hasaccepted:1 within these tags"
  • Search tips displayed

Spot the difference...

  • In first case have to retype query terms in search box
  • In first case matching number is displayed
  • In first case questions are referred to as questions, in the second case as posts
  • In the second case search tips are displayed

I know this is mainly due to status by design, but I quite often search for the tag first and then want to refine that search after wards. It would also be great to see the matching count.

Search for jquery tag

Search for jquery tag with hasaccepted

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up vote 1 down vote accepted

Almost all of the above concerns should be addressed now:

  • the tag pages will populate their tags in the search box for easy refinement
    • the search page will leave the search box alone as well
  • search pages will now have a result count (this goes out tonight)
  • the advanced options are split into their own little section on the right now

One item won't be addressed though:

  • In first case questions are referred to as questions, in the second case as posts

Search can return both questions and answers (unlike a "questions tagged" page), so we'll continue to use the all-inclusive "post" label (like on the /search help page) when this is the case.

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