Recently, I asked this in SO, then in a comment I got pointed to this question, which is basically the same.

The issue here is that I searched for the term 'size_t' looking for something relative and the mentioned question didn't appear among the results, or when I typed the question title in 'related questions'.

What is the criteria for searching? IMO, if I search for I would like to see all questions that have (at least) this term in the question title.


You'd be better off using Google and searching on stackoverflow.com instead of trying to rely on the search system that is built in.

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    New feature request: Replace search box with Google site search. – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Jul 13 '09 at 14:20
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    @Pesto: This is not a new request at all. Turned down many times, and discussed on the podcast. – GEOCHET Jul 13 '09 at 14:21
  • Agreed. The only thing I ever use the StackOverflow search box for is tag searching, and that is it. – TheTXI Jul 13 '09 at 14:21
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    @Rich B: New feature request: Shut up. – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Jul 13 '09 at 14:23
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    @Pesto: This is not a new request at all. Turned down many times, and discussed on the podcast. – GEOCHET Jul 13 '09 at 14:23
  • @Rich B: Oh, I must have missed it because I tried using the site's search system to find it. – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Jul 13 '09 at 14:24
  • @Pesto: There is your problem. Try searching Uservoice. – GEOCHET Jul 13 '09 at 14:24
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    UserVoice: The only site that has a worse search function than StackOverflow. – TheTXI Jul 13 '09 at 14:25

You are also much better off using the external tools. In addition to using:


You can use things like:


  • Apparently Jon Skeet doesn't know much about size_t, sadly. Or at least, he hasn't felt the need to share that knowledge. – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Jul 13 '09 at 14:22

I've just come to accept that the search system is far less reliable than the memory of other users. It's kind of like a distributed search through pedantry.

Also, creating a question with the title "What is size_t in C++?" causes the system to not even be able to provide a similar question, even though they obviously exist. Actually, this is really messed up. The question title "What is size_t in C++?" doesn't work, but "What is size_t in sdfsdklfjdsf?" gives possible duplicates. Who wrote this thing?!

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