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I was quite confused when I was unable to use the search tool to find out more about privileges. I did eventually figure out that I could look in the FAQ, expand the part about "What Is Reputation", and them click on privileges.

I think it would be very helpful, to new users and regulars alike, if the search box allowed one to find things beyond questions on the site.

Thanks!

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How would you include it? You'd otherwise get noise in your searches if you wanted something not related to the FAQ –  random Jun 27 '11 at 3:06
    
In a similar vein, I had troubles searching for a question that said 'search' as it turned it into the tag [search]. –  user7116 Jun 27 '11 at 4:17
    
@random: Have the different areas of results separated out? For example, questions, faq, other, and the top 5 results of each shown with an expand arrow if there are more results in that category? –  Suzanne Hillman Jun 28 '11 at 18:13
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I was quite confused when I was unable to use the search tool to find out more about privileges. I did eventually figure out that I could look in the FAQ, expand the part about "What Is Reputation", and them click on privileges.

I think this is the part we could improve. How can we make it easier to find the /faq and navigate it (and do bear in mind we just rolled out an improved faq layout.)

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It could be helpful to include a search prompt on the FAQ page titled:

I have another question

Right under this section you would have a search field.

Whatever terms they enter, silently include the tag to restrict to those posts. That should bring up a finer, more targeted result.

It might be jarring though to search on Gardening and see another site title appear when you click through.

So maybe caching and pushing out the for the other sites in the network for a localised search experience could alleviate this bait and switch feeling.

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This would certainly help, although I don't entirely understand the problem with having different types of searches using the same search box. Having multiple possible search boxes will be confusing, I think! –  Suzanne Hillman Jun 28 '11 at 18:15
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