I'd like to do a search restricting the results to my own questions. I checked out the search tips and discovered this recommendation:

Advanced Super Ninja Search Options

posts from a specific user user:1234 apples oranges

So I tried...

user:Ethan vim  # I'm trying to find a question I asked about Vim a while ago.

There were many results, but none were questions of mine, at least not on the first page.

What's the correct way to do that?

2 Answers 2


The easiest way is to use user:me.

Or you will need to use your numeric user ID, not your name.

  • On Meta SO, 130286.
  • On SO, 42595.
  • On SF, 11478
  • On SU, 2176

So it would be user:42595 vim. Doing this on SO, currently, your question is the only result which pops up. :)

  • Thanks, John Smithers. I forgot about that shortcut. :)
    – John Rudy
    Oct 27, 2009 at 21:02
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    Would be great if that user:me was added to the "Advanced Super Ninja Search Options"...?
    – Arjan
    Oct 27, 2009 at 21:11
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    I didn't know about user:me, now I don't have to remember my user ID
    – ChrisF Mod
    Oct 27, 2009 at 22:06

Use your UserId instead of your username.

If you hover over your username, look for the Id portion. /users/YourId/YourUsername

There are a lot of registered users named Ethan on StackOverflow, the site distinguishes you based on your UserId, not your display name.

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