From time to time I'll find myself with a question to ask, but no clarity on which Stack Exchange site I should ask it. Alternatively, I'll know that a certain site exists, but can't remember the name, only the topic. So, I'll want to execute a search for the appropriate site.
Problem: the main Stack Exchange search bar ("Search all sites") searches for questions, but does NOT search for sites. The results are only questions, and it's pretty clear that the containing site's topic doesn't play any role in their ordering. I sometimes have to go absurdly deep in the results to get to a question in the clearly relevant site.
When looking for the "Gardening and Landscaping Beta" site, searching for "landscaping" first shows the site as the 21st result, but searching for "gardening" doesn't show the site until the 220th result
When searching for "mathematics", the "Mathematics" site doesn't show up until the 665th result
When searching for "english language", the "English Language Learners" site doesn't show up until the 268th result, and the "English Language & Usage" site doesn't show up until the 710the result
When searching for "Linux", the "Unix & Linux" site isn't in the first 1000 results
When searching for "travel", the "Travel" site isn't in the first 600 results
When searching for "cooking", the "Seasoned Advice" site isn't in the first 600 results.
Nobody but a hyper-persistent guy like me would go anywhere near as far down the results list to find these sites, which means there's no practical way for a user to find a relevant site.
Yes, there's a list of all the sites, but given that there are (currently) 173 of them, reading through the entire list trying to figure out which one fits my need isn't helpful.
So, could users have the ability to look for sites, not just for questions?