For some reason, the user search box on the redesigned users page is disabled. Enabling it with something like firebug still doesn't work. I presume this has something to do with the in-development redesign, but was this done on purpose or is it a bug? It's rather inconvenient not being able to find a user when I want to search for them, and Google doesn't seem to have any easy way to search for users on stack exchange sites.
We disabled this for performance reasons, it was causing some pretty heavy load for a combination of reasons. Worry not though, waffles is working on a new and improved method as I write this, the search box will make a return soon...along with some other enhancements to
/users as well ;)
The search is back in full substring glory.
It seems this has been done deliberately, since there's a "
disabled" property in the input field. I think they might still be working on the search function. Some development or testing might be going on at the moment.
The latest blog-entry shows the search-field enabled, so I assume it got disabled later on.
They are currently fixing some performance problems they had with user search