Question raised because I read blog https://blog.stackoverflow.com/2012/03/stack-overflow-meetup-everywhere-april-28-2012/. And I would like to see users in my area. I may contact them by email if they given email id in their profile.

Is there any possibility to have advanced search for users tab?

  1. Location
  2. Country
  3. Age
  4. Reputation range
  5. Specific tags
  6. Visited(No. of days)
  7. Member for

Pardon me, if you feel not community helping feature.


I really don't wanted to have feature which is not community worth feature. Only able to find people which are near me. But many people on sister sites like history, physics, biology, art, etc. may not understand queries. That's why I have posted question. There can be easy way to find this.

If we are able to find from https://data.stackexchange.com/, then why should there be easy way to find or not?

  • At least with regard to location, this can be searched. See Bolt's query - you can modify it to your country... – Lix Apr 5 '12 at 11:23
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    I don't think feature-discussion is really needed as a tag. Every feature request come with its own discussion anyway. Not going to remove the tag, leaving this for someone more qualified. – Shadow The Vaccinated Wizard Apr 5 '12 at 11:26
  • @ShaDowWizArd Agreed, and changed. – BinaryMisfit Apr 5 '12 at 11:28
  • Feature discussion can be old(existing) or new(required). That's why added tag. – Somnath Muluk Apr 5 '12 at 11:28
  • @Lix: Why not make that an answer? – Manishearth Apr 5 '12 at 11:30
  • @SomnathMuluk That's why the system shows a date when something was posted. No need to create a new tag unnecessarily when the system as been working without it for more then 3 years. – BinaryMisfit Apr 5 '12 at 11:31
  • @SomnathMuluk we can also tag a question here as both feature-request and discussion if it's really needed. – Shadow The Vaccinated Wizard Apr 5 '12 at 11:31
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    @Lix: Stole your idea and edited into my post: data.stackexchange.com/meta/query/65967/top-users-pune Hope you don't mind – Manishearth Apr 5 '12 at 11:34
  • @sha - I'm number 4 on MSO in Israel :P You're leading the pack :P but the numbers are a bit whacky :S – Lix Apr 5 '12 at 11:44
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    @Lix the data is old (couple of months I think) but still, feels good! :) – Shadow The Vaccinated Wizard Apr 5 '12 at 12:11
  • possible duplicate of Is there a way to find Stack Overflow users based on an area? – Cody Gray Apr 6 '12 at 3:20
  • @Somnath the data explorer works and is easy (I made the query for you), why do you need to complicate the SO system? – Manishearth Apr 6 '12 at 9:04
  • The data explorer is precisely for such localised stuff--no need for a new feature every time. – Manishearth Apr 6 '12 at 9:05

To find users near you, use the meetup page.

Email ids are not publicly displayed, and that's not going to change anytime soon. Only diamond mods can privately contact users (I think this is disable-able); and that too without their email id being displayed.

I don't see how an an advanced search is beneficial to SO. We're not Facebook (though MSO may look like it). The only beneficial point I see is for meetups--and for that, the meetup page exists already. Though a way to advertise to other users would be good for this, it could snowball into spam. Better to stay away from that.

EDIT: Or, as @Lix suggested, run this query on whichever site you wish ;)

Here's a general query with an inputbox for location

  • MSO looks like Facebook? – Lix Apr 5 '12 at 11:24
  • I was also feeling it's not community worth feature though I have added question. That's one reason I wanted to have advanced search. – Somnath Muluk Apr 5 '12 at 11:26
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    @Lix: At first glance, yes. A whole bunch of people doing pointless things and talking about waffles--Not so different from FB, IMO Though they don't have anything as awesome as waffles ;). After joining the community, though, its different. That's why I said it looks like FB. – Manishearth Apr 5 '12 at 11:28
  • I guess you have a point... (* POKE *) – Lix Apr 5 '12 at 11:29
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    I think active people on SO and MSO are anti-facebook.:-) – Somnath Muluk Apr 5 '12 at 11:31
  • @SomnathMuluk: Edit: see this: data.stackexchange.com/meta/query/65967/top-users-pune – Manishearth Apr 5 '12 at 11:34
  • @SomnathMuluk: Whoops, wrong link: data.stackexchange.com/stackoverflow/query/65967/top-users-pune – Manishearth Apr 5 '12 at 11:52

Our friendly neighborhood moderator, Bolt has written a query with the data explorer that will solve (IMO) the most interesting detail that you mentioned of a users profile. The location.

The query can be modified to search for users in any location - as I have demonstrated below. This modified query will return all users who have listed Israel as their location.

    ROW_NUMBER() OVER(ORDER BY Reputation DESC) AS [#], 
    Id AS [User Link], 
    LOWER(Location) LIKE '%israel%'
    Reputation DESC;

Further customization of this query could give you more details - for example -

  • Select users by age and location
    Age LIKE '18' AND
    LOWER(Location) LIKE '%israel%'
  • Select users within a reputation range
    Reputation > '1000' AND 
    Reputation < '10000'

Might not be the most efficient way to get this info - but you can get to some of the details you are looking for...


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