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Search for usernames across the network

In Charcoal HQ, from time to time, we create a detection for a username which has been used in a lot of spam posts across the network. We need to make sure that the username being considered for use ...
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Quality of search results in general

I didn't really know how to break this down or ask it in a way that would be focused and concretely provable and answerable. It may very well be "in my head", but I am reasonably confident it is not, ...
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Searching for some users on SO returns a list sorted by incorrect order

Some username search results are not correctly sorted by highest reputation on Stack Overflow. Steps to reproduce: Visit https://stackoverflow.com/users In the Users Search Box enter the following ...
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Search results incorrect for [tag] -keyword

When attempting to refine a tag search by excluding a keyword, the list of results grows! I first observed this on Stack Overflow. Here is an MCVE from Christianity: Search for [gospel] - 24 ...
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Why does this search not return expected results?

I was searching for this post: Please Join Us in Welcoming Our New Meta Stack Exchange Moderators! I searched the following: body:moderator OR body:nominated OR body:nomination is:q closed:no score:...
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I've broken the search using a wildcard

Today I managed to break one of the two search bars in the screen: Steps to reproduce: Search for [feature-request] [status*] This automatically converts your wildcard tag to all options. If your ...
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How can I find questions marked as “community effort”?

Recently a new banner has appeared on some wiki questions where you can only edit existing answers rather than posting a new one: For instance: What is serial voting and how does it affect me? ...
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How to search all Stack Exchange sites for a specific tag [duplicate]

(I'm assuming that some tags exist on more than one site.) e.g. I tried doing search across all sites (i.e. here on META), for the tag iOS, by using syntax of [iOS], but the results seem to indicate ...
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How to get only accepted answer in return from the Stack Exchange API?

I found out that I could get only accepted questions from Stack Overflow using this API call. But now I want only the accepted answer to be part of the returned object; I don't need other answers. I ...
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Is there a way to search using more advanced notation?

First, I want to note that I've read the Search Help. What I am looking for is a way to group tags together into more advanced boolean statements. For example, I would like to run the following ...
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Is there a way to exclude from Stack Exchange Data Query posts that I have already viewed?

I want to become better at answering questions and making useful comments. My problem is that I've only been developing for a few years. I feel like I have the most to offer someone who has a low ...
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How can I do a wildcard title search?

I am trying to find my posts whose titles contain *idiom*, where "*" means any characters, such as 'Is it idiomatic to say “grammatical and idiomatic”?' I've tried user:109190 title:idiom*, user:...
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Searching for one term or the other

I'd like to create a search for multiple terms that all fall under one tag. I tried [c] "parameter" or "argument" With the intent of searching for c questions with either "parameter" or "argument" ...
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Search doesn't properly recognize smart quotes and reliably return the same results

This is not a duplicate of my prior post Allow search to recognize smart quotes the same way as straight quotes, which was a feature request asking for smart quote support, as it was previously ...
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keywords search on SEDE might need improvement

I wrote a query to list all posts for a given user by user id. SELECT id, PostTypeId, posts.Title, Body, CreationDate FROM posts WHERE posts.OwnerUserId = 9872 which could be found by search the ...
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How to find a sentence contains a sequence of specific words in a specific order?

I am trying to find the posts contain sentences like "*carefully *listen*". * stands for none or any characters carefully has to be put before listen carefully doesn't need to be next to listen ...
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How to find posts by part of keywords?

By using full keywords, I can find the expected post. using part of keywords can not. without the pair of quotation marks, I got unexpected post How to find posts by part of keywords?
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search results dropped my expected answer that contains every single words I entered

Note: I am not asking the discussion post about a specific question. I've already got that post. I am asking a general search skill. I encountered "No OpenID endpoint found" error just now. So, I ...
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Why does search for a question produce worse results than trying to ask a question when using stackoverflow? [duplicate]

For about a year now, I have done most of my SO searching using the "Ask Question" button rather than search bar. Case in point, this question: How do I turn off this highlighting for HTML in ...
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Is it possible to search some keywords in title only? [duplicate]

I am trying to search the posts whose titles contains some keywords, e.g. "all types of". So, I used this tag and a pair of quotation mark "" title: "all types of" the results shown above are ...
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How can I get the top x questions for a tag or set of tags based on number of views?

Is there a way to make a bookmarkable URL of a Stack Overflow search that yields top x questions for a tag or set of tags, based on number of views? Basically, the frequently asked questions. Looks ...
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Searching for words in question titles

I'm trying to search for questions that have specific words in their titles using the intitle search feature, but it seems that it does not return any search results. Using this feature, I tried to ...
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Answer links copied from search results don't onebox in chat

Once, I searched for a previous answer I wrote here to help out someone who was asking about a similar thing in chat. I copied the link to the answer I was looking for from the search results, and ...
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Search fails to find matching issues

When I search for the string "cwlogs.push.reader" "reason: timestamp could not be parsed from message" on Google, one of the top results is the following Stack Overflow question: AWS Clouwatch ...
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When not logged in, why is my search limited to 500 hits?

In answering this question I stumbled upon some peculiar behavior. No account: 500 hits Incognito mode: 500 hits I'm not sure why this is... Question: When not logged in, why is my search limited ...
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How do I search for multiple tag combinations at once?

I would like to search for questions with foo and bar OR foo and foobar. So written in JavaScript it would look like this: if ((foo && bar) || (foo && foobar)) {} How can I achieve ...
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Text field and tabs becomes wider while fetching results in Users search [duplicate]

Whenever I add some text to search for users, the text field and the tabs on the right becomes unexpectedly wider. I'm using Firefox 72 and Chrome 79 on Ubuntu 18.04.
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Why does quoting [ ] characters not search for the [ ] characters in a post title?

I know there is a question recently about the usefulness of the filter. This is mentioned in the question title as "[Filter]". The full title is: Let's disambiguate / burninate [filter] When I ...
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Why some phrases auto recognised as tags and other not [duplicate]

In Stackoverflow when I search for angular it show me the tag [angular] and so I can follow it and when I search for vue or react it isn't. Angular search: Vue search: When I search for [vue] it is ...
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Tapping the back button clears search query and results [duplicate]

After searching question by tag and opening a result, tapping the back button is clearing the tag used to query and the results. Reproduce: tags → [tag] → tap a question → tap on the ...
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Using the “Search all sites” on the “All sites” page does something unexpected

I wanted to find the link to the site the name of which I forgot but knew a term it has to do with, so I went to https://stackexchange.com/sites which can be found by clicking "All sites" tab link ...
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Allow search to recognize smart quotes the same way as straight quotes

Search has a feature: enclose any specific phrase you're looking for in "quotes", and it will search for that exact phrase. However, that operator only works with "straight quotes", and not “smart ...
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Why does “Witcher” returns “Witch” in results?

This is about movies.SE but you can try this on other sites too, but it may not yield results. https://movies.stackexchange.com/search?q=“The+Witcher” gives over 300 results while the tag 1 has ...
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Use the search API to query Stack Overflow Teams questions [closed]

We have Stack Overflow for Teams at my company. Is it possible to use the search API to query questions there?
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security.stackexchange.com: It was not possible to perform this tag search at this time due to an unexpected error

When I go to: https://security.stackexchange.com/ I see: It was not possible to perform this tag search at this time due to an unexpected error. OS: Windows 10 Browser Chrome, incognito (78.0....
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Search for answers of some user to questions in my favorites

On Physics Stack Exchange I searched for infavorites:73067 user:dddd where dddd is the numerical user ID of some user, and got one result. It is the one question by the user that I marked as a ...
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How to find questions I didn't answer?

May be it is trivial, however I try to write query which find questions without my answers, and I fail (so question can already have other peoples answers but not my). This is what I try so far: ...
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Remove/change the “Ask a question” in the search popover overlay on top of the page

When you click in the search field at the top of every page, you get shown some extra information for searching. It includes a brief explanation about the search syntax as well as link to show more. ...
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Synchronize search pattern with opened tab from the user activity panel

Currently opening any user profile automatically adds an "user:id" string into the topbar's search field. For instance: In case of switching between tabs on the Activity panel it would be ...
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Can we add “sortby:OPTION” (ex: “sortby:votes”) to search? Ditto for “page:#”

We could use the obvious syntax sortby:OPTION, where OPTION is one of: Relevance Newest Votes Active All it would take to implement this would be to insert tab=OPTION& after the question mark ...
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Don't reset search bar in top bar after searching on stackexchange.com

When searching on a Stack Exchange site, your query is shown both in the top bar and just above the search results: However, this is not the case when doing a networkwide search on stackexchange.com. ...
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How can I browse stack Exchange as a “Look at this nice trick”-kind of site?

The title of this question is not really clear, so let me rephrase this: From time to time I stumble upon some piece of code or program of which I think: "Wow, this is incredible handy ! Such a pity ...
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Show tags in “Similar questions”

Actual situation When searching on stackexchange you get a list of search results. Each topic also contains a list of its tags below it. When adding a new question, after typing the title, a field "...
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Expand tag filter with additional options

Sometimes I want to search questions which are marked let's say with c# tag and either .net or .net-core and are not marked with entity-framework. But, currently it is not possible. It would be great ...
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How can I always show the search bar at a medium window width?

My preferred window width is wide enough to have plenty of space between the left-hand icons and the right-hand icons, but too narrow to have the search bar displayed. How can I cause it to be always ...
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Search has become much harder to find on narrow windows

Since very recently, search has become a lot harder to reach. First, the keyboard shortcut s no longer works. status-completed Second, there used to be a reasonably wide text box at the top of the ...
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The search box width is increased in the stackexchange.com header

The width of the search box in the stackexchange.com's header is increased suddenly. Previously in the StackExchange.com, the search box width is less, and there is enough space in the right and ...
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Add a way to exclude messages from specific rooms when searching chat

Some sites use a chat bot to post all comments made on a given site into a chat room, in order to provide a permanent archive of all comments posted on that site. There are reasons for and against ...
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How best to find all my own posts where I employ pronouns?

Using the Stack Exchange Data Explorer (SEDE), Google, or another tool, how can I search for posts, comments, and other content I've written over the last 11 years for common English pronouns? ...
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Searches are missing posts when using favorites quick buttons and manual searches

Not sure where to ask this question, if it belongs some where else comment so and I'll move this. But why is this post: Python Pyglet Using External Fonts For Labels not showing up on this filter: ...

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