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I saw a question on a meta site earlier today, but didn't have an answer then. I thought about it for a while, and now have an answer. The problem is I can't remember which meta it was on. Is there a way to search multiple meta sites at the same time, or does anyone know where I can find the question about how to wear a sock puppet hat? (Winter Bash 2013.)

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  • Sounds like you are referring to this question It's on hold though. You can no longer answer it. Dec 19, 2013 at 4:20
  • thanks @JoshC, that is the question I was searching for, and I thought it was probably here, But I couldn't find it.
    – hildred
    Dec 19, 2013 at 4:22

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You could try searching on The Main SE Site. The search will return results from the entire network, its not limited to meta sites so you'll have to sift through the results a bit.

For Example: https://stackexchange.com/search?q=how+to+wear+a+sock+puppet+hat%3F

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If you don't mind the results being up to date only until the previous Sunday morning, the Stack Exchange Data Explorer may be of help. With a bit of SQL magic, it can search all per site Metas (and Meta Stack Exchange) for posts with a certain keyword, as this query shows. It even includes sites like Meta Stack Overflow which the Google-inspired answers won't cover.

Feel free to fork it if you want additional filtering (on score, creation date, tags, etc.) – obviously that will require some SQL knowledge. If you want assistance with that, check out the awesome tutorial or visit the SEDE chatroom.

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There is no way to search all meta sites from within SE (or if there is, then its very well hidden). There is a way to search all sites within the network including all meta sites.

This is a workaround using Google's wildcard matching. Search using site:meta.*.stackexchange.com <query>

For example, site:meta.*.stackexchange.com sock puppet gives this.

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    This is worth knowing, even if it won't find this question.
    – hildred
    Dec 19, 2013 at 4:26
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    I did not know you could use wildcards in the site: modifier. Bravo, sir, bravo.
    – user50049
    Dec 19, 2013 at 7:24
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The "correct"1 way to do this search from an outside search engine has changed ever since 2017's migration to HTTPS. For certificate reasons, that ended up requiring a move from meta.*.stackexchange.com to *.meta.stackexchange.com. Thus, a search like blah blah blah site:meta.stackexchange.com will get hits from all child metas with non-custom domain names (so not e.g. https://meta.stackoverflow.com/), as well as main meta.

1 My opinion on what seems most semantically right.

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In https://stackexchange.com, as all per-site meta should include at least one of the mandatory tags, you might helpful to start with something like the following:

[discussion] or [feature-request] or [bug] or [support]

Then you could remove the tags that you don't need and add other tags, search operators and keywords to refine the results.

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