A similar question was asked about a month ago: Does the search function need improvement?
The reason I'm bringing it up again is because:
- The last question didn't have any specific examples, as Jeff replied:
This is impossible to respond to without specific examples. I'll edit my answer when you edit your question.
- It's a relevant question since SO is growing more than ever.
- Since SO seem to have a "working" search function already (when you ask a question) I don't see why the real search function doesn't work better.
To my example:
I was at a computer the other day where I hadn't logged in on my SO account. I wanted to search for my question: How do I stream .flv files from SQL database
I entered the title word for word in the search field but the search result didn't even list my question among the first 3 pages (I didn't even bother looking beyond page 3...)
I know the search function is used for searching tags and keywords, but if the search can't even find a question when you enter the title word for word I feel it needs to be revised.
"You can use google" is not an answer here.
The "Related questions" at Ask Question lists my question as first alternative so it seems SO possesses a good search function already. It's not just used to its full potential.
Just to clear things up on this question. I didn't wan't to be educated about different ways to use the search function at SO. I just want it to work the way any first time user would expect it to work.
That doesn't mean I don't appreciate being told how the search works though =)