When I search Stack Overflow, I usually do it with Google's
If I only do basic search, how would you say Stack Overflow's inner search engine compares to the site-specific Google search?
Meta Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for meta-discussion of the Stack Exchange family of Q&A websites. It only takes a minute to sign up.Sign up to join this community
SO's search has a lot of limitations, which I won't go into here.
A standard Google search (as has been previously mentioned) searches everything, but it's easy enough to tell Google to not do that. Here's the query:
yourKeywords site:stackoverflow.com/questions -inurl:tagged -inurl:meta
So if you wanted to search
unicorns, you just need to look for:
unicorns site:stackoverflow.com/questions -inurl:tagged -inurl:meta
I find it difficult to find questions/answers I know I've seen before using the SO search unless I remember exactly a unique phrase that I can search in quotes
"like so". The ordering of results is bad without this, I usually see unrelated or tangentially related results first. I mostly search on Android Enthusiasts, though, so things could be better on SO.
Perhaps it's because I have years of experience getting Google to spit out what I want, but I don't have the same issue with Google. If my first attempt at search doesn't have what I need in the first few results (rarely), my second or third search does. Not so with the search here.