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What is the correct way to ask help finding an old SE Q&A I can't find anymore? [duplicate]

I am an active member of Sci-Fi and Fantasy SE and I found myself in this situation several times: I see a question (sometimes answered) that piques my interest. I read it, mark it down in my memory ...
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Data explorer query takes a lot of time and needs to be optimized

This is a Stack Exchange Data Explorer query which gets the top users on specific skill scores (example: JavaScript) based on a specific country (example: Egypt), and it took a lot of time until it ...
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Search help links to Stack Overflow for Teams on all sites instead of the help center

The "Search help" link in the search bar is supposed to link to this help page but is currently linking to a Stack Overflow for Teams article instead. This bug can be reproduced on all of ...
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Hide search tooltip when focus moves away from search [duplicate]

I wanted to test out the new focus styles using the guidance on this comment. When I tabbed into the search box, the tooltip showing how to search popped up, which is fine. But when I tabbed out of ...
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Text in search box invisible in Chrome on Android because it is too small [duplicate]

The search box on Chrome on Android technically functions, but text is not visible, so it cannot be selected or deleted.
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The search popover tooltip lost the keyword text in Meta

The search popover tooltip is missing the keyword in the Meta section. In the Stack Overflow Search screenshot, the keyword texts are displayed correctly. Screenshot from Meta Stack Exchange: ...
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Why did the recent maintenance notices point to a search for [maintenance] or [maintenance]? [duplicate]

The second link in these notices that were up today: point to https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/maintenance+or+maintenance?tab=Newest Why the duplicate: [maintenance] or [...
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Regarding the "Find a Stack Exchange Community" search engine, can community members add "Also Known As" terms to help direct people to their site?

This question is in reference to this box... I found that when I entered terms like "climate change", "clean energy", "renewable", "global warming", etc. that ...
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How does searching by relevance work when searching a score range or threshold?

When I search for score:.-1 (for posts with a negative score) by relevance on Stack Overflow, I get a variety of questions and answers from a varying number of years ago. How are these results ranked? ...
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Please filter out modified posts that a low reputation user cannot see from the questions search report

I wanted to ask why I am being informed that a post was modified when I cannot see any modifications to that post, but I found the answer to that question in these two posts: Question says modified ...
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How is OverflowAI search going to compete with search engine + generative AI chatbot technologies?

Note: This post is primarily addressed to the company. When I say "you" in this post, I am referring to the company. A couple weeks ago, Microsoft dropped "Copilot" / "New ...
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Can I search the posts of a deleted user for specific keywords like I can do with posts from extant users?

I remember reading a very good answer on a site from a particular user who unfortunately has deleted their account and left SE. But of course all the posts are still available as part of the archival ...
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Search seems to be almost completely broken

Advanced searches such as closed:yes and user:me are returning no results or the wrong results. I'm pretty sure there are closed questions on MSE, for example: And these aren't my posts: Even a ...
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Why is the URL advanced search operator only finding lowercase URLs?

Consider the search url:DarthFubuMVC (even searching globally). It returns posts that have that GitHub username in lowercase (https://github.com/darthfubumvc/htmltags), but not ones like A: fubumvc - ...
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How can one search for some text in one's deleted chat messages?

I've had a few chat messages deleted by a mod and feeds in some chat room. I am looking for a few sentences I wrote in these chat messages. How can one search for some text in one's deleted chat ...
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Stack Overflow blog : same post with different languages in the search result

While conducting a search on the Stack Overflow blog using the keyword "Winter Bash 2017", I observed the presence of three posts sharing an identical title. Upon examining each post, it ...
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Enhancing Stack Overflow blog search: filtering out test entries

In the Stack Overflow blog search, upon entering the keyword "Test", I was presented with a compilation of blog post titles. However, it's worth noting that among these results, two entries ...
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Search only my posts across all sites

I wrote a post some years ago about a relatively complex bash script (with parameters) but I can't find it anymore, and I don't remember on which site of the SE hierarchy I wrote it. Is there a way to ...
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Seeking your input on redesigning our post summary component

Tl;dr We are redesigning our post summary component and would like your input before the design process begins. The post summary component appears on most pages that show a list of posts, including ...
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Allow us to use the [-] symbol to exclude results in other operators, not just tags

I can use - before a tag to mean "not that tag". For example, I can search for "not python" on SO. However, this doesn't seem to work for other operators. For example, using -user:...
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How can I search for NON-saved questions?

By using in:saves, it is possible to search among only questions saved by the user, However, using -in:saves does not appear to restrict the search to questions which the user has not saved. Is there ...
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I can't search for my Saves in stackexchange.com

I can't find how to access all my saves (saved across all Stack Exchange communities). Before the migration from Bookmarks to Saves in 2022, all my bookmarks from all communities (sites) used to be ...
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Server error when searching in my saves

Searching in my “saves” (with the in:saves operator) does not currently work and displays the error Oops! Something Bad Happened! We apologize for any inconvenience, but an unexpected error occurred ...
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Server error when attempting to use the inquestion:<id> and inquestion:this search operators

When I try to use inquestion:389834 or inquestion:this, I get a 500 HTTP status code: I would really like to use this function.
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When using search and sorting by activity, user action is sometimes missing

On Puzzling.SE I used the search created:2023 and sorted by Active, and it looks as though some of the posts have a missing action between the user and the time. (The same bug as the one for migrated ...
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Bug? Answers not shown on some questions in search

I have long been using the answers:1 filter to limit search results to questions with answers, but it seems that it does not always work as described. For example, this SO search returns 18 hits, with ...
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Is there a way to "flatten" a search across Stack Exchange sites without going to an external search engine (not that that's bad)? [duplicate]

Watching the Vsauce short The Only Element You Can Chew Like Gum I was intrigued by This is indium, the only element in the universe that is safe, and soft enough to chew like bubble gum... it ...
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What's the purpose of using the 'inquestion' search operator?

I was looking at some examples from the help page on searching, and came across inquestion. As far as I'm aware of what it does is that it takes the id of the question inquestion:50691 And restricts ...
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When focusing the search box in a private beta, hints fail to load, causing a popup with the login page

I just followed by a link from another question here and got this funny behavior after clicking on the search bar: The entire site opened in a new popup window!
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No dates in search results for community wiki post

Searching for regular (non-wiki) posts results with a list of posts with visible dates (asked, answered...): If you do search for wiki posts there're no dates at all: Could we please add dates for ...
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On sites where the reduced ads privilege page is suppressed, the page still shows in help center search results

Since 2013 the Help Center search includes privilege pages. The search results seem to be network-wide, with site url placeholders. The shared search index is an issue for the reduced ads privilege, ...
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Search within my own questions for the entire Stack Exchange network [duplicate]

I learned that adding 'user:me' can help me search within my own questions. How can I search within my own questions? But this seems to work only for a specific site. Applying the search term 'user:me'...
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stackexchange.com search is down

All attempts to do network-wide searches via stackexchange.com (example) are returning the "Oops! Something Bad Happened!" page: This is a problem, as this is the only way that Charcoal ...
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How useful is it to say that I tried searching for an answer without saying what search queries I made, and what could be more useful than that?

Prior to asking my question, I tried exercising my basic research skills to see if my question had already been asked and answered before using my favourite search engine (Ex. Google search) and using ...
super-starball-ultra's user avatar
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Can we alias a question's title without creating a separate question?

For a long time, we have marked questions as duplicates as way of aliasing another question. For example, I saw a question on a Stack Exchange site which was titled something like: I am *onfused with ...
Toothpick Anemone's user avatar
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How can I get the total number of posts for a user that have a certain tag in them?

User abbood (myself) has eight posts (in total) that have the tag cocoapods; six questions and two answers. I thought that this query should simply get all eight: SELECT Count(*) FROM posts p ...
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Can a search include mathematical expressions?

It's difficult to search for math-related topics without using math expressions. Can this be done somehow? I'm talking about things beyond +, - , / , etc.
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Remove Teams-related 'searchOn' parameter from search result links

When you search for something and click on one of the tabs the resulting URL contains a searchOn parameter: https://meta.stackexchange.com/search?tab=newest&q=something&searchOn=3. If I ...
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Don't cut off question titles on the search result page

Feature request: Don't cut off question titles on the search result page. Example:
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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Search posts with specific combination of tags

Let’s say I want to obtain a list of all topics that have tags [x] & [y], but not [z]. For example, let’s say a topic has the below tags [x] & [y]. Then I should have this topic in my search ...
augustine's user avatar
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Why are we deleting off-topic closed questions at all?

What is the benefit of deleting off-topic closed questions at all? What is wrong with the idea that they couldn't stay in closed state forever? Closed question are searchable by the entire community (...
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Some questions about search [closed]

I want to search questions answered by me and some another user. How can I do this? I don't see an "and" operator. Is there a way to search through comments (answers under which there is ...
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How can I search for a keyword across the questions I posted on an SE site and the answers that they received? [duplicate]

I posted several questions on one of the Stack Exchange websites. How can I search for a keyword across these questions and the answers that the questions received? Ideally I'd also be interested to ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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Add to the /help/searching pages that is:q and is:a exist as short forms of the is:question and is:answer operators [duplicate]

In the "Miscellaneous Operators" section of the /help/searching pages, it says: is:question narrows results down to just questions, and is:answer returns only answers But I don't see it ...
super-starball-ultra's user avatar
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For paginated results, add a way to type the page number to which to navigate

I'd like to request a feature addition where navigating to the page of the result I desire to view (in any SE website) is able to be done by simply entering the page number of the results page you ...
冥王 Hades's user avatar
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Add a way to sort results by date on https://stackexchange.com/search

Feature request: add a way to sort results by date on https://stackexchange.com/search (e.g., date of post and date of last activity).
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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The question view count displayed in a search result page is inaccurate [duplicate]

Example from android stackexchange: 7 views in search: vs. 168 views:
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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GPT-generated "search as you type" responses

There is a current hot meta post on SO regarding banning ChatGPT answers, which I fully agree with (plus some). However, I still think GPT bots themselves have a lot of value. They're trained on ...
Jason C's user avatar
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Chat RSS feed for tagged/xxx broken

When you use the tagged/ prefix for a search term in chat, you (are supposed to) get all messages with a specific tag. 1 However, the generated RSS link in the lower right corner of the results is ...
tripleee's user avatar
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Why does the Search icon look weird on small screen widths? [duplicate]

On a small screen width, the search icon looks like this: In my opinion, the search button should look like all the other icons and not stand out as if it is 3D. I don't recall seeing this before, so ...
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