I like the new 'expanded search box'. At this moment, it expands when you start typing. Very good. If memory serves me well, the original box (maybe a Firefox feature) showed previous searches in a drop-down box.

I'm not sure that's a good feature, so I'm asking here. Would you like the search box to show previous questions?

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I think waffles' suggestion is good, but until it's implemented, it would be nice if the previous searches are again shown in a drop-down box. At the moment, nothing is offered, which I find mildly annoying.

  • fixing the rendering bug in a browser general way is going to be a bit of a nightmare
    – waffles
    Aug 16, 2011 at 7:01
  • Do you mean this bug posted by Cody? I'd rather have this buggy version than nothing! Aug 16, 2011 at 7:03
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    I'd rather have the old search box, you know, the one that didn't make me disoriented and nauseated every time I tried to use it... At least make the damn thing an option to turn off. I know Jeff and Joel are generally against a proliferation of options, and instead preferring smart defaults. I completely agree. But in this case, the smart default is way too smart and very annoying to some people. Even Google, who is famous for not having many options, gave us the option to turn it off. As I told Jeff in a comment, if I couldn't turn off InstantSearch or whatever, I'd switch to Bing. Aug 16, 2011 at 9:56
  • @Cody, this could be a dupe of your question.
    – GUI Junkie
    Aug 16, 2011 at 21:05

Personally, I would like it to work like Amazon and Google do.

I would like it to suggest searches based on the first few letters I type in, it would save me from typos and help quite a bit.

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