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How do you search by user?

On https://superuser.com/search it states:

posts from a specific user user:1234 apples oranges

However when I run a search for my own posts:


I get many threads that I have never participated in, such as the first two hits:


Why wouldn't I want to run Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise x64 instead of Windows 7 Ultimate x64?

Is this my misunderstanding of a fairly simple looking search term, a bug that only affects my username, or a general bug?


EDIT: Thanks for the duplicate, but that "duplicate" just says user:id and not realizing that it really means numeric id only, would not have led me to the answer I found here. I would have gone on being frustrated trying to use my login name. Nonetheless it was an honor to be edited by The Jeff.

marked as duplicate by perbert, Ladybug Killer, Jon Seigel, juan, Lance Roberts Apr 13 '10 at 18:29

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    Names aren't unique. Try user:me or user:4969 (your id) – ChrisF Apr 12 '10 at 19:46
  • Thank you, Chris. Those searches work fine. Where is this documented? Where do I even find my user ID (other than ask Chris?) It's not on the page linked to my username. – kmarsh Apr 12 '10 at 19:52
  • This begs another question... since no one else with a username of kmarsh is involved in those threads, just what does the search engine think it is returning? – kmarsh Apr 12 '10 at 19:53
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    @kmarsh: To find your user ID, look at the URL of your user page. It's the number before your name (101547 here on Meta). – mmyers Apr 12 '10 at 19:58
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    I should have said as names aren't unique the search doesn't use them - sorry for causing more confusion. – ChrisF Apr 12 '10 at 20:01
  • Thank you mmyers & Chris. – kmarsh Apr 12 '10 at 20:04

User names aren't unique, as ChrisF pointed out, which makes it infeasible to search by username.

To search for posts by a specific user you have to use use user:user_id, with an alternative shorthand user:me.

To see your user name you should look at the url of your profile:

https://meta.stackoverflow.com/users/101547/kmarsh (The number in bold is your user id in Meta SO.)

  • Nice, I never knew about user:me before! Too bad I've already memorized my user ID. – Aarobot Apr 12 '10 at 20:57

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