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How come, when I search for something with StackExchange, the results are horrid. But when I search on StackOverflow, the results are brilliant? I posed this question to @codinghorror on Twitter and he said to post the question here with screenshots, so I am. Here's the first step:

and here's the second step:

but StackOverflow's searching is magnificent. Why not use that?

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    There's a Google in those results you're peeking
    – random
    Apr 20, 2011 at 23:29

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When you search on stackexchange.com, you are searching every Stack Exchange Site -- that is, every site in this list, for the query term "regular expression":

https://stackexchange.com/sites

If you want to scope your search to an individual site, go to that site and use the search box at the upper right. Or enter the URL in this form:

http://example.stackexchange.com/search?q=foo

Where example.stackexchange.com is the site you want to search, and foo is the thing you want to find on that site.

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  • Thanks. I get it now. Maybe, and I know this would be difficult, some rudimentary searching across sites could be done? Then I could sort by date, for example?
    – vbullinger
    Apr 21, 2011 at 21:55
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The reason the results differ is because StackExchange is a Google search, whereas when you search on Stackoverflow you get the results via SEs super secret search function, I mean not even Jon Skeet knows how this works(kidding, Jon Skeet wrote it... while sleeping). Plus everyone knows that QandA makes everything better.

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