If I type question or answer ID into the search box, I would expect that to shortcut me to that question or at least a search results page with that answer/question.

But it doesn't.

closed as off topic by Michael Haren, Ether, Ladybug Killer, ベレアー アダム, Jeff Atwood Dec 16 '09 at 22:17

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    Looks like your expectations are wrong. – random Dec 16 '09 at 14:32
  • That's why this is a feature request instead of a bug – Michael Haren Dec 16 '09 at 14:39
  • Personally I just expect the search box to return an arbitrary set of questions and answers that are partially related to my query. I would never expect a the results of a search to return what I want. That's just unreasonable. – Welbog Dec 16 '09 at 14:40
  • This is not a novel idea. Many sites do this already: eBay, Amazon, Redmine, FogBugz... – Michael Haren Dec 16 '09 at 14:51
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    Trac does that sort of thing as well: #123 takes you to ticket 123, r123 to commit 123, CamelCase to wiki page CamelCase, etc. It is quite useful, and entering a bare number in the SO search should be a pretty good indication that the user wants to go there. – retracile Dec 16 '09 at 15:00
  • This feature works for me. – jjnguy Dec 16 '09 at 16:29
  • It looks like it's been implemented. Thanks SO team! – Michael Haren Dec 16 '09 at 17:21
  • it's been implemented for MANY MANY MONTHS. – Jeff Atwood Dec 16 '09 at 22:19
  • hmmm...that's weird. I tried it on two machines... I guess I'm crazy. Thanks, nonetheless! – Michael Haren Dec 16 '09 at 23:57
  • well, it does have to be a minimum # of digits, but this is rarely a problem in actual use. – Jeff Atwood Dec 17 '09 at 1:45

uhh.. it already does that?



Type a space after the number. That usually solves it for me.

  • That helps but isn't quite there. In the case of SO# 338156, it takes me to a duplicate which leads me to the question I was asking for – Michael Haren Dec 16 '09 at 14:38
  • I know this was the only way of making it work on an iPod touch. I have no idea why the space makes a difference. Other than that, I have no ideas. – alex Dec 16 '09 at 14:49

Just a point, but if you know the question ID, why don't you type it into the address bar?

  • i.e. http://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/<ID> – ChrisF Dec 16 '09 at 15:42
  • Yes, that's the work around... – Michael Haren Dec 16 '09 at 15:48
  • It's not really intended behaviour for the search box to work like that. It IS intended behaviour for the address bar to work like that. – Phoshi Dec 16 '09 at 15:50
  • Actually it is intended behavior. – jjnguy Dec 16 '09 at 16:30
  • @jjnguy: it appears to only have been implemented today; thanks! – Michael Haren Dec 16 '09 at 17:22
  • Was implemented MONTHS AGO. – Jeff Atwood Dec 16 '09 at 22:34

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