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Search bar is cutting out parts of the characters [duplicate]

The search bars are cutting out the bottom parts of some characters with descenders (like g). This is annoying since some of the letters look pretty similar with this (like g and q) The text above ...
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Hovering on a search result tag should give the option for adding to the search

When searching I don't always think to add relevant tags, or I discover a new tag that might help narrow down my search. To make the process smoother, could a button to 'add to search' be added to the ...
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Stack Overflow keeps showing me CAPTCHAs when I try to search [duplicate]

I'm trying to search Stack Overflow using Chrome 99.0.4844.82 on Ubuntu 21.10 (Impish Indri), but I keep getting redirected to the CAPTCHA, even though I'm even logged in to Google. Screen recording ...
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How can I find a question on Stack Exchange? [duplicate]

I have read a question a few years back, and it has been answered: 'What would be the last artificial light after apocalypse' I couldn't find it with tags, and I'm not sure on which site it was asked ...
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Confusing text "Search options not deleted" on search results page

When doing a search, the search results header shows a confusing text: Search options not deleted While this is correct, it only shows non-deleted posts, it may lead to confusion: most users don't ...
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"More Stack Exchange Communities" search doesn't work in chat server

When you go into the chat server and enter anything into the "more Stack Exchange communities" search bar, no suggestions pop up: Also note that the input text is badly offset to the left ...
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Allow me to search through my bookmarks from my user page, like you can for posts

When you view your user page, the search box is updated with your user ID like so: Searching from this page means I can see all of my posts (i.e. questions and answers). But there's no equivalent for ...
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Possible bug preventing chat room message search

It seems that the chat room search feature is not working. The search result always displays "0 messages found". It is not displaying messages that contain the search query, even if those ...
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Chemistry equation \ce modifier works in a non chem SE site's posts, but not in search results. Should we consider it "working" and start using it?

In Space Exploration SE there are a lot of questions related to chemistry (mostly production and combustion of rocket propellants and air/water for people) and after six years there I just this moment ...
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Searching for animations

I spend most of my time in Stack Exchange in either Stack Overflow or Cross Validated. Over a number of years I have seen numerous beautiful animations -- mainly GIF animations I think -- that make ...
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Automate adding questions from search to tag

Occasionally I notice a topic that has been discussed often enough to merit a tag, but there isn't one. For example, today on Raspberry Pi, a question popped into the active queue about using the ...
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What search engine software does Area 51 use?

I was on the Area 51 Stack Exchange site and used the search bar. I was confused as to why it was working so quickly and that's when I realized it was using JavaScript. Eventually I found that you can ...
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Reverse lookup duplicate questions? [duplicate]

Is there a way to search for questions which have been marked as a duplicate of another specific question? I've been aware of a particular technical problem for some time. I know for sure that other ...
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Stack Exchange proxied by Chinese government listed as a Google search result

I was googling some problems and noticed some results (on the first page) pointing to http://security.stackexchange.com.3567586363.proxy.jyj.lf.gov.cn/questions/112355/how-to-further-ensure-ssh-...
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What behaviour would you intuitively expect from the `deleted:no` search operator?

Appending deleted:no to a search query does not simply "exclude deleted posts", as one might expect (based on the "Advanced Search Tips" collapsible found on the the search page). ...
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Allow ORing between more search terms like `inquestion:123`, or at least tell me the search failed

I just tried to look at two sets of answers, for different question: I've tried using inquestion:12791 OR inquestion:11422 the result of which ignores the first search term. I've tried using (...
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Is there a way to search among my followed posts?

Is there a searching key for followed posts analogous to inbookmarks:mine for bookmarks? If the answer is no, may I enter a feature request?
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Filtering for "[tag-a] AND [tag-b]" only offers updates for [tag-b] [duplicate]

Description When searching for an intersection of tags [tag-a] AND [tag-b] or the equivalent [tag-a] [tag-b] the search results show questions tagged with both the tags. When the order of results is ...
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Search is not working in individual site's winter bash leaderboard

In the individual site's leaderboard, there is a search box with a placeholder "Type to find users". When typing any user's name and hitting enter, there is no matched data is returned. ...
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Determine if a bug reported on a foreign language Stack Exchange site is already reported on Meta.SE

I created a post on Stack Overflow en Español and no one has given me an answer; it appears it is a bug that they cannot solve... In chat they suggested I come to Meta.SE and post it, and I came ...
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Is it reasonable for dupes to appear before the non-dupe in search results? [duplicate]

If you search Stack Overflow for [c++] static block, you get this (as of 2021-11-08): Q: What is static block in c or c++? [duplicate] Q: Static blocks in C++ [duplicate] Q: What's the C++ idiom ...
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Can you sort results from all sites (stackexchange.com/search)? If so, how? If not, why not?

On most SE sites, you can sort search results: However, this sort bar appears to be missing on "search all sites". Is there any simple way to sort results from all sites?
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Searching for questions by users with at least x reputation [duplicate]

Is it possible to search for questions written by users with at least x points in reputation? My motivation for asking is to find questions that are relatively well written and are probably not about ...
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Required rep values for privileges appears as '$Privilege-<PrivilegeName>' in help center search results

The parameter for reputation points values required for privileges is not resolved in the help center search results. Stack Overflow: Science Fiction & Fantasy: This should probably be resolved ...
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How can I search my own answers with different search filters?

I know that I can search for my own answers/question by using: user:me. I also want to filter these questions/answers by the number of views. Something like this: user:me views:100 But the above query ...
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SE "search" does not seem to include comments [duplicate]

Just noticed this today, not sure if it's expected: The reason I'd be in favor of including comments in the search is then you have a higher chance of finding what you're looking for, based on ...
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Missing space between "Results found" or "Results for <keyword>" and "Search options"

When conducting a search where the results page has "Results found" and "Search options" next to each other (that is, searches that don't contain tags but use a search operator, ...
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Using the views feature during searches

When I run views:0 I come back with questions that have 100k or 300 views. Is the views feature greater or less than? If I do created:2021-09-09 views:0 I don't see anything that has 0 views or even ...
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How do you search all sites from the search bar or using responsive view?

I have a two-part question At the top of every site, there is a search bar. Is this search bar only relevant to the specific site? I.e. meta, photo, etc. Can I look up all sites from the search bar ...
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Are there examples of searching better?

I’m getting my questions marked as duplicates even though I start a question, look through the suggestions, and can’t find anything close to what I want. Yet I post the question and somebody has found ...
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How can I limit search results to questions with exactly five tags?

Given that the limit on the number of tags is five, there is a possibility that a question that uses all five tags may not be using the best choice of tags for others to locate that question at a ...
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If a wildcard search only matches one tag, the "Questions tagged" header retains the asterisks

There is a single tag which matches the wildcard tag search [*owntim*]: downtime. Making that search gives me this: I've circled the interesting bits. The wildcard's auto-expansion has, as expected, ...
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Wildcard tag search gives only first 3 matching tags to anonymous users [duplicate]

When I search [*dnd*] on RPG.SE I get nowhere near the correct amount of tags: Now, I lack an RPG.SE account. When a logged-in user attempted the same search, they said they got: [dnd-5e] or [dnd-3....
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Is there any way to find the first ever question posted on an SE site? [duplicate]

Sometimes I like to see old questions, as it shows you how much the site evolved over the years. Some old questions are really simple, showing no research and at times even obvious. The answers are ...
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Searching for title:"phrase here" (with the quotation marks) returns search results for question and answer bodies if none exist for the title

From the help center's article on searching: To limit your search to just the title of a question, use title: followed by the search term. Likewise, search the body only (exclude the title) with body:...
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Searching on Help Center doesn't return anything network-wide

Searching on Help Center doesn't return anything, even for keywords that I've been often using before: "promotion" (for questionable spam) "reference" (for referencing other) &...
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Search on Meta is slow (sometimes)

During the last hour or so, searching on Meta Stack Exchange can be very slow; searching only on a tag still works as normal, probably because it automatically redirects to e.g. https://meta....
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Not getting recent results in intags:mine search

I have the following search in a bookmark: https://stackoverflow.com/search?tab=newest&q=intags%3amine%20is%3aquestion%20answers%3a0%20closed%3ano This is equivalent to the Stack Overflow search ...
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Why can't we create a custom filter with only excluded tags?

I recently realized that there is no possibility to create customs filters with only excluded tags. I'm wondering why there is this limitation as you can already, through the search field, search for ...
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Why can't I search this room name in rooms list here? [duplicate]

I can search all other rooms (which I usually go to chat) in the Stack Exchange chat list of all rooms except for "Sandbox/Trash Bin/Something". Is it because it contains slashes and the ...
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Searching for invalid or deleted user id with "user:" operator give unexpected results [closed]

Trying to search for a username doesn't exist gives back list of all questions and answers on Stack Overflow: Expected behavior is a 404 Page Not Found error, or a message like "We couldn't find ...
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How do I view all my bookmarks across all communities?

How do I view all my bookmarks across all communities? I.e., see all bookmarks between Stack Overflow and Software Engineering and so on without needing to search through each one individually. I know ...
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In-site search still significantly deficient relative to external search engines

For years I have been peeved by how external search engines, in particular DuckDuckGo and Google, are often able to find better, even much better, matching questions on StackOverflow than the internal ...
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Search with user operator missing results

I would like to search for this post of mine: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/67345132#67346760 So I try these: user:1002260 IndexString user:1002260 code:IndexString but I just get this result: ...
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How do I search for posts involving two users?

I want to find posts (on some specific SX site) in which each of two users either wrote the question or wrote an answer, i.e. both users interacted with the question in some way - either by authoring ...
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How to UNBLOCK a specific domain from Google Search results (stackoverflow.com) [closed]

For some reason I cannot at all see search results from https://stackoverflow.com Video: https://imgur.com/9KsZgaj I must have blocked it unwittingly at some point, and I can’t find any way to undo ...
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List of previous searches?

I'm trying to recall a previous search of a phrase related to ancient religion, but so much information has passed through my mind since, I can't remember. Is there a way for me to view my previous ...
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Not all apples and tags are allowed to translate

There is an exclude section on the bottom of the search page. That section contains two untranslatable words: "apples" and "tag". At the same time these words are translated on the ...
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Locked posts not showing up in search - is this intentional? [duplicate]

Forwarding this bug report from CGCC meta: We have a meta tag best-of, which is an annual category for our site. It's basically a competition, and so we have a meta post to vote for nominations. The ...
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The tags below posts on search results occupies the same space as the page number navigation links on narrow screens

This bug appears when the view gets sufficiently narrow (the first four pages, and the last four pages are less affected). This seems to have started happening in the last week or so. The links to ...
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