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I try to use SO (or any other SE site) search to find the post with specific URL, e.g. I try to search for http://www.joelonsoftware.com/items/2007/10/26.html on SO.

I get no search results, while there are quite a few when I use Google, e.g. What's the best resource for learning about Evidence-based Scheduling?

Using URLs in search does make sense when we look for similar threads on the site or when we're looking for specific question/answer where we know the link was used.

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I thought you were referring to failing to search Markdownified URLs in which the link text hides the actual URL. But in your example the URL is actually, er, a plain URL. That's odd indeed! – Arjan Mar 23 '11 at 20:53
This is being worked on but needs several pieces in place, I'll update once URL search is available. – Nick Craver Mar 24 '11 at 17:58

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You can search with the url: option and it includes the ability to handle wildcards, for example: url:"*.joelonsoftware.com*"

I'll add this to the search page help now that it's baked in/working well, most likely on monday.

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Looks like this is done now. I can search urls inside quotes and the result looks correct.


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If you go the http://stackoverflow.com/search it will offer you to do a custom search of the site with Google, this works fine with URLs.

I'm quite sure this is by design, Stack Exchange is thought to be searched by Google (too).

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Why would this be by design? – Arjan Mar 23 '11 at 20:54
@Arjan: Maybe I'm mistaken but what I ment was that the search doesn't find URLs but this is not a bug, just the way it works right now. Is this correct? – Trufa Mar 23 '11 at 23:20

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