This question might be a little too META.

I am trying to find a question posted to META some time ago. It was extremely helpful, but I am now unable to find the question by searching for it.

This particular question was a discussion on how to cast votes. Some were voting up poor questions simply because there were already many up-votes, and others were voting down good questions from new members. One answer provided a helpful diagram with green and red boxes that highlighted the title, question body, current question score, and the members who posed the question, with guidance on which boxes to look at when deciding how to vote.

In general, when I cannot find a question using any of the following tools:

  • Stack Exchange search
  • Browser history
  • List of suggested duplicate questions

where should I go to seek personal help about finding a particular question?

  • Post the same question to the best of your recollection and someone will mark it duplicate :P /sarcasm
    – Robotnik
    Commented May 20 at 6:49
  • Haha... this question is approaching 7 years old now, yet has received half its current upvotes in the past day (upvotes are currently at 6). It would be interesting to see where all the traffic is coming from :) Commented May 20 at 14:55
  • Oh, I didn't realise the age haha. Looks like ShadowWizard edited it so it got bumped :)
    – Robotnik
    Commented May 21 at 1:39
  • When searching for questions and can't find it, I think about possible tags and then search within the tags. Commented May 21 at 7:45

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You should discuss the question you're looking for in chat.

If you think your request would be useful to latecomers, you can post a separate question. Try to write it as similar to the question you're finding as you can, but use your own wordings. Luckily enough it'll be closed as duplicate, but I think you're likely to get similar answers without having the question closed.

Since you can't find the original question with the methods you've given, there are likely latecomers who can't either. They may use similar wordings as you, which is the case a separate question can be helpful to them.

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