Question: What problems exist in the search engine user interface?
Question: What procedure should I follow when using search to avoid problems in the search UI?
NOT a feature / change request
I was having quite a few problems and wondered what to do. I realized that a good portion of my difficulty centered on some issues with the search engine user interface.
SEARCH ENGINE UI ISSUES ADDRESSED:
a) Selecting a tag from the search results clears your search text.
b) The tag list on the right does not show at all times.
c) The tag list on the right is cleared by a non-existant tag.
d) The tag list on the right is cleared by a search with no results.
e) The tag list on the right is cleared by hitting to get your results.
f) You added text to the list of tags in your search text. Clicking another tag clears your text (but not the tags.)
g) Clicking a tag from your list of already selected tags clears your search.
h) The tag lists on the right is cleared by adding any text to the list of tags you have built.
i) Search text only expands when you are typing, if you text was cleared you might not know.
I needed an immediate solution independent of any improvement that might be made to the search. I came up with a procedure I use that appears in my answer below.
I found quite a few tags that might apply:
[search] [tags] [community-wiki] [bug] [feature-request] [asking-questions] [question-quality] [new-questions] [searching] [similar-questions] [advanced-search] [search-results] [help]