I mean, Jeff has already stated he isn't trying to compete with Google. So why have a local site search anyway? Changing the form action value (or letting me choose between SO's and Google's) wouldn't be a drastic change and it would save me from having to open up a new tab, type what I'm looking for and append site:stackoverflow.com to the end.

Pretty please?

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    can't you just search with google?
    – bobobobo
    Aug 7, 2009 at 16:19
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    why make me go to google's site to search SO, and why require me to have a google toolbar? a google text box should replace the internal search.
    – tim
    Dec 29, 2009 at 20:16

4 Answers 4


The search page at https://meta.stackoverflow.com/search has one-click search boxes for three major search engines.

(to get there, type in /search in the address bar, or just press Enter in the search box at the upper right of every page)


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    Not anymore, this answer is obsolete. Really obsolete. Feb 17, 2016 at 10:57

Google cannot offer StackOverflow-specific search features such as tag-specific searches:

  • [tag] apples oranges
  • [tag] [another-tag] apples oranges

... and other Advanced Super Ninja Search Options:

  • posts from a specific user
    - user:1234 apples oranges
  • posts with a minimum number of votes
    - votes:15 apples oranges
  • questions with a minimum number of views
    - views:250 apples oranges
  • questions that have an accepted answer
    - hasaccepted:1 apples oranges
  • answers that are accepted answers
    - isaccepted:1 apples oranges
  • questions that have a minimum number of answers
    - answers:1 apples oranges
  • questions that have been closed
    - closed:1 apples oranges
  • posts that are community wiki
    - wiki:1 apples oranges

See full list on https://meta.stackoverflow.com/search or just hit Enter in the search box at the upper right of every page.

  • this is not completely true.. tags show up as regular text in Google and so do usernames. Dec 28, 2009 at 3:13

I would actually suggest that you take a look at setting up a Google Custom Search Engine (CSE) and then you can base you searches on as many (or as little) sites as you want at a single time. Then you could even make that search engine your default search method.


NO, please don't become one of those sites that uses Google Search, we can do better. I always hate searching on those sites. Google doesn't scale down well.

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    You won't even support me in letting the users choose? :( Jul 17, 2009 at 23:29
  • No, that's why I didn't downvote you, choice is great. Jul 18, 2009 at 0:04

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