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I just noticed that addition.

  • Searching for posts by author does not need the brackets [], and can be clearer as to what "1234" is. A new user may think 1234 is a username example.
  • Tag guideline can be clearer, for example: [tag-name].
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    Also side note, the search by author guidance is wrong... – animuson Sep 3 at 16:02
  • I don't know why the down vote, but as the first comment shows, discussion can help refine that guide. – ymb1 Sep 3 at 16:06
  • we normally just add these small improvements to the canonical FAQ but feel free to turn this one into a bug report to capture animusons comment. – rene Sep 3 at 16:20
  • @rene: TIL. I went to edit the FAQ now, but the guideline says a link to a meta answer/blog is needed. – ymb1 Sep 3 at 16:23
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    Possible duplicate of One of the new search hints is wrong Not an exact duplicate, but the answer there also takes into account issues reported here, and status-completed them. – Luuklag Sep 4 at 10:15
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    @Luuklag: Thanks for letting me know. Closed now. – ymb1 Sep 4 at 12:15
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Someone somewhere is typing "words here" in a search box...

Doesn't score:3 refer to questions AND answers? Yet the guide specifically says "questions with 3+ votes".

  • That is bit of the problem. Searching, specially how SE implemented it is rather complex. You can't get every detail about it in that fly-out, yet you want to trigger users to try some of those options without having a no hits. It should invite them to visit the advanced search instead. – rene Sep 3 at 17:35
  • @rene Oh, I fully understand the motivation behind this feature and where the tips are supposed to nudge a user to but just substitute the word "questions" with "posts" and Bingo! – Mari-Lou A Sep 3 at 17:41
  • Bingo! Did we win anything? – rene Sep 3 at 17:44
  • In a sense, yes. You earn accuracy over misleadinghood (not a real word but a better one doesn't come to mind now) – Mari-Lou A Sep 3 at 17:56
  • I thought you needed score:3.. to get 3 and more, but maybe not. – marcellothearcane Sep 3 at 21:07
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    @marcellothearcane typing score:3 in the search box will pull up questions and answers that have a positive score of three upvotes or more (3+) – Mari-Lou A Sep 3 at 22:20

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