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I am suggesting to have local search to search only those question related to the user i.e. question asked or answered to. I have been a user for just 2 months and I already have 7 pages to scroll for answers. Now, I want to refer them in future, I have to search between hundreds of questions of same type (mostly duplicates) OR search through my 7 pages of answers list which will continue to grow in future.

I already went through Jeff's answer from here, which is a Global Level Search, and also went through Advanced search tips(AST). Now, suppose I want to find all the answers I post which contains word Eclipse, then I must search like this:-

user:2345913 is:answer body:"Eclipse"

Which is good and I get what I desire, but, its bit complicated. I had to understand these AST myself for simple short query. I would want it to be simpler, like this:

Image here...

Pros:-

  • Very simple and can be fast.
  • Can be easily understood and can use by new users.(who has no knowledge of advance serach tips.)
  • This will be a local level search i.e. it will search in currently logged-in site and not cross site (if you have multiple SE accounts.)
  • Can be fast search for (localised) self-answered, (localised) self question, (localised) self-favourites, which is frequent search for all SE sites users whether new or old, who want to refer what they have already done.
  • Well, there is space out there use it.
  • And... Well you add more (Open for )

Cons:-

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    I would love to have this feature. I often search for stuff in my questions and answers and this would be useful. – Benjamin Gruenbaum Jul 18 '13 at 7:35
  • +1, I support this feature. – Azik Jul 18 '13 at 7:40
  • +1, one of the few good feature requests by new users :) – Doorknob Jul 18 '13 at 7:52
  • Your screendump is lacking some important current functionality. But I see that you want this to be even more local than that. I wouldn't mind, but don't see a lot of added functionality either -- unless it would ADD search for comments. – Arjan Jul 22 '13 at 9:02
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    @Arjan my concern is having to understand Advance search tips for simple query like searching Eclipse keyword in answers/question which I answered/asked. This feature will also help those who are ignorant of Advance search tips and this would be fast local search. Searching for comments wont add value.. – CRUSADER Jul 22 '13 at 9:29
  • But as shown in my screenshot, that advanced search is pre-filled. And that's all you need if you want to search in all your own posts (questions and answers, not comments). (To me, searching for my comments actually does add value; always need to use Google or an RSS archive for that, but that works fine too.) – Arjan Jul 22 '13 at 9:41
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    @Arjan only accountID is pre-filled... You need to add is:answer body:"some test" to search in Answer section... I know and understand Advance search tips (AST) and so it looks fine. But, how many of SO users do you think fully knows and understands AST.. What about new user... Lets make it simple, the most frequent local search.. – CRUSADER Jul 22 '13 at 9:52
  • As an aside: you can skip the body part. And like I wrote: I understand you want to limit on only questions or answers. For me, that has no added value, but I wouldn't mind (if extra search boxes wouldn't confuse people). – Arjan Jul 22 '13 at 9:55
  • @Arjan that body part was the main reason why this post is there... About the confusion.., I don't think it will add confusion, it can also be included in FAQ if required... – CRUSADER Jul 22 '13 at 10:04
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    Would "Add context aware search" be a better title? ("Localised" feels like i18n-related.) – Arjan Jul 25 '13 at 14:57
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    What's up with all those very minor edits? You do realize you're very close to making this a Wiki post, right? – Shadow The Curly Braced Wizard Jul 30 '13 at 15:17
  • @ShaWizDowArd want to boost up, Cant find any SE employees participation here,, And I dont really care about rep in META,,.. Thanks, for your concern though.. :) – CRUSADER Jul 30 '13 at 15:30
  • Bounty is more than enough, trying to keep a question on top too much usually ends up more annoying than really useful. – Shadow The Curly Braced Wizard Jul 30 '13 at 16:27
  • Related: a similar search box for comments in Ability to search comments would be useful. – Arjan Aug 15 '13 at 12:46
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Did you also see user:me in the Advanced Search Tips? I use it pretty often, and it works exceptionally well for me.

In short, what you want is a search box which runs the following query for "Eclipse":

user:2345913 is:answer body:"Eclipse"

I assert that your suggested feature is unnecessary, because it's sufficient to type:

user:me Eclipse
  • user:me is easier to remember than "user:2345913", so this choice is obvious.
  • is:answer can be left out at the cost of getting some extra results.
  • body: is removed, because answers cannot have titles, and questions whose title contain "Eclipse" will probably have the word "Eclipse" in the body as well.

The only disadvantage of my method is boldfaced: You may get some extra unwanted results. In my opinion, this is a good trade-off, for the following reasons:

  • There's no need to add extra clutter to the profile page.

  • One does not have to navigate to the profile page in order to search for an answer. In fact, the existing method (using user:me) is more powerful than the suggested feature, because it can be used at tag-specific pages. I find it easier to append user:me at the page, than to type [google-chrome-extension] in the suggested search box.

  • If your question contains all search keywords, it could actually be relevant! With the suggested search box, one has to search through their own questions as well to look for the desired post.

(Note: My point of view might be biased, because I've only asked two questions and posted 2.2k answers on Stack Overflow - I seldom see my own questions in the search results).

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    Looks good, But again there is need for understanding Advance search tips(AST), I mean, it took me awhile to understand and now I can play with it, but what about new users say 3 months active members. There are a majority % of users who are active on SE sites and are unaware of this AST . This is a frequent search, why make it complicated. – CRUSADER Jul 26 '13 at 10:28
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    I'd like to add to what @CRUSADER said, I think putting the search button there in addition to where it is would make a nice addition to the UX of the site. – Benjamin Gruenbaum Jul 26 '13 at 11:53
  • Even more, this is already pre-filled on every profile page, for any user one looks at. – Arjan Jul 30 '13 at 7:55

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