I've been observing that asking a question is a way better search tool than the search bar. Here is an example:
Say, this is what I am looking for:
pandas number of subgroups for each group
Let's see which one of the following three methods will return better search results.
- Go to SO search bar, and type it in there. It returns only one result, and that result is really not an answer to what we are looking for.
- Try "Ask Question", and type it in there, and you'll see that the first result that comes out is perfectly what that search query would be looking for!
- Go to Google, and search like this:
site:stackoverflow.com pandas number of subgroups for each group, and the first result is again that useful post.
So clearly, googling or asking a question is a better idea than using the native search engine.
This post asked 6 years ago if we could implement a better search engine, and the answers refer to the search tool I just mentioned in item 1. Clearly, it is not working as desired.
My question is two-fold:
- Why is the "Ask Question" search is working better than the search bar? Please include examples in your answer if you believe this is not true.
- If most of us believe that this is indeed true, can we implement the search that the "Ask Question" invokes as the main search engine?