Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 158 Stack Exchange communities.

What is meta?
Here's how it works:
  1. Any Stack Exchange user can ask a question
  2. The community provides support, votes on ideas, and reports bugs
  3. Your voice helps shape the way Stack Exchange operates

I mean, Jeff has already stated he isn't trying to compete with Google. So why have a local site search anyway? Changing the form action value (or letting me choose between SO's and Google's) wouldn't be a drastic change and it would save me from having to open up a new tab, type what I'm looking for and append to the end.

Pretty please?

share|improve this question
can't you just search with google? – bobobobo Aug 7 '09 at 16:19
why make me go to google's site to search SO, and why require me to have a google toolbar? a google text box should replace the internal search. – tim Dec 29 '09 at 20:16
up vote 3 down vote accepted

The search page at has one-click search boxes for three major search engines.

(to get there, type in /search in the address bar, or just press Enter in the search box at the upper right of every page)

share|improve this answer
Thank you!!! :D – Spencer Ruport Jun 11 '10 at 18:32
Not anymore, this answer is obsolete. Really obsolete. – JonasCz Feb 17 at 10:57

Google cannot offer StackOverflow-specific search features such as tag-specific searches:

  • [tag] apples oranges
  • [tag] [another-tag] apples oranges

... and other Advanced Super Ninja Search Options:

  • posts from a specific user
    - user:1234 apples oranges
  • posts with a minimum number of votes
    - votes:15 apples oranges
  • questions with a minimum number of views
    - views:250 apples oranges
  • questions that have an accepted answer
    - hasaccepted:1 apples oranges
  • answers that are accepted answers
    - isaccepted:1 apples oranges
  • questions that have a minimum number of answers
    - answers:1 apples oranges
  • questions that have been closed
    - closed:1 apples oranges
  • posts that are community wiki
    - wiki:1 apples oranges

See full list on or just hit Enter in the search box at the upper right of every page.

share|improve this answer
this is not completely true.. tags show up as regular text in Google and so do usernames. – Brian Dec 28 '09 at 3:13

I would actually suggest that you take a look at setting up a Google Custom Search Engine (CSE) and then you can base you searches on as many (or as little) sites as you want at a single time. Then you could even make that search engine your default search method.

share|improve this answer

NO, please don't become one of those sites that uses Google Search, we can do better. I always hate searching on those sites. Google doesn't scale down well.

share|improve this answer
You won't even support me in letting the users choose? :( – Spencer Ruport Jul 17 '09 at 23:29
No, that's why I didn't downvote you, choice is great. – Lance Roberts Jul 18 '09 at 0:04

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .