Sometimes questions can have answers leading to pages. Reading them all to judge if a particular answer I've in my mind has been already posted is a bit tedious. For eg, in this link (for example sake), there's a good chance that I would be posting a duplicate answer.

Which would only lead to down votes. So some solution? An added feature like searching within a question would help really.

  • Well... I wouldn't be too worried about posting a duplicate answer on that question in particular.
    – McCannot
    Jul 16, 2011 at 6:40
  • Yes but that's just an example.
    – nawfal
    Jul 16, 2011 at 6:42
  • "Reading them all ... is a bit tedious." Yeah, this is a problem I have a lot. Hope we can figure out some way of solving it. Jul 16, 2011 at 7:33
  • @Cody Gray See the link I posted and decide how do you feel. Moreover a neat workaround is posted below for us to feel happy :)
    – nawfal
    Jul 16, 2011 at 7:42
  • Yes. I saw the link you posted. That's about the only question that this even makes sense for. Since those kinds of questions are no longer allowed around here, there's not much point in such a feature. Jul 16, 2011 at 7:43
  • @Cody Gray stackoverflow.com/questions/6470651/… see this question which was asked last month I suppose. I would say the answer given by Tim is always handy here.
    – nawfal
    Jul 16, 2011 at 7:54

2 Answers 2


Use the inquestion:<id> search syntax. For example, you can search for posts containing "lambda" in your example question.

Note that if you're viewing the question you want to search in, using inquestion:this in the search box will save you the trouble of typing the question ID manually.

  • I cant even upvote, wth! :)
    – nawfal
    Jul 16, 2011 at 6:44
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    @nawful - I up-voted this for you. This is a +1 from me, and a +1 from nawful (in spirit). That's right folks, new feature - virtual votes.
    – Tim Post
    Jul 16, 2011 at 6:49
  • @Tim Post Virtual votes? What on earth is that? :-o
    – nawfal
    Jul 16, 2011 at 6:55
  • @nawful an obviously failed attempt at humor.
    – Tim Post
    Jul 16, 2011 at 7:07
  • @Tim Post haha. No, I thought mods can vote more than once, since I got two votes at that time. :)
    – nawfal
    Jul 16, 2011 at 7:14

Something to consider: If a question really has so many answers that it's too tedious to read through them all to be sure you're posting something new, is anyone really going to read through the answers anyway? Seems to me like a good sign that there's probably not much point to adding another answer at all.

Of course, I'd also wager that any question attracting that many answers should probably be closed with extreme prejudice. There's not many legitimate questions that would get that kind of response, I think.

  • I understand that. But my question wasnt for such questions. Sometimes nature of questions can vary. See the example link I gave you. It can always have answers anytime. But I need to confirm if it has been posted or not. Anyways thanks for chiming in :)
    – nawfal
    Jul 16, 2011 at 6:55
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    + 1 The platonic ideal of an SO thread is a question with one (accepted) answer. There are some questions, dating back to the early days, which gave lots of answers worth readings. These are the poll type questions - favourite programming cartoon, worst UI design - which would be closed immediately these days.
    – APC
    Jul 16, 2011 at 7:10

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