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Related questions in “Ask Question” page is better than search tool

I often find myself typing a question with no intention of submitting it, because I'm sure it's been answered before, but I just can't find it.

The automatic duplicate detection is, however, almost always spot on.

So, why not add whatever algorithm it is (bag of words similarity? n-grams? magic?)

(Oh, and guess what - while asking this question, this (near) duplicate was suggested, which doesn't ask why the algorithm can't be added as a search option, but suggests my question-as-search method.)

marked as duplicate by random Mar 1 '12 at 23:32

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    The duplicate detector runs on ground Unicorn horn. Seeing as SE are good guys, only horn that falls off the Unicorn naturally can be used, putting a natural limit on the availability of the material. (Seriously though - a really cool idea. I can confirm the dupe detector is a work of genius.) – Pëkka Mar 1 '12 at 23:26