Easy, perform a search using “search” here on meta and you’ll see this thread doesn’t show up!
Keep in mind, we are all fairly technical and have learned how to eventually get to the topic we want by altering our search criteria until it finds what we were looking for. But I issue the following challenge … are we doing it wrong?
Why are we wasting so much time altering our search parameters to find what we lost or didn’t know? Why isn’t search better at indicating what we may be looking for?
The search in Discourse isn’t great. But let me be more specific on that statement. The search results seem to be on topic and worthy, how they are displayed is too limiting. I have a small viewport that I must use to look through my results.
By having a dedicated page of results, you open yourself to doing so much more to give me a better idea on whether I found what I was looking for. You can give an excerpt of the first post in the topic (or the post found in the search result) so I can get a quick glance of “is this what I want?” Number of Likes on it may influence my decision to read that post over another as well (this one seems to more consistently be liked than this one, maybe the level of completeness/detail is better here. And so on).
The fact is, the average person sucks at searching. Having a limited viewport just makes it a much harder experience (I’m actually shocked this doesn’t come up more often, but then again, I’ve also found a lot of people just don’t search before posting… and I always wondered if that was because of the complexity of search found in vBulletin and other Forums using the advanced search or if they are just lazy…).