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I know that we are not able to search in comments, but why? Is this a technical problem? Is this only a lack of funcionality of the software?

  • I'm puzzled. You can search for comments. They are part of the webpage, pure text. So you can search for them. – Ladybug Killer Nov 28 '09 at 16:14
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    @John - correct, but only the ones deemed "most important"... the rest are hidden under AJAX. – deleted Nov 28 '09 at 16:25
  • @Isaac Waller: Use Google! It's much better than anything Jeff can invent. Do we really need a Ninja search option for comments? – Ladybug Killer Nov 28 '09 at 20:29
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    @John Smithers: That's what Isaac is saying--you can't use Google reliably because it will only index the top-voted comments in long threads. Google doesn't index ajax-fetched content. – Kip Nov 29 '09 at 0:27
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Is this a technical problem? Is this only a lack of funcionality of the software?

More of a philosophical problem. I think Jeff has said somewhere that comments aren't considered content per se, and that they shouldn't be considered part of the permanent, canonical question/answer. As such, he probably doesn't think there's much value in searching them (if there's anything important there, it should be in the question or answer!).

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It's a feature that has not been enabled in (or even written into) the software.

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