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The reason you don't get good results using the Stack Exchange internal search facility is because a single general-purpose search engine is common to all SE sites. Some of the things it does (ignoring short words and punctuation marks, etc.) are a net benefit on most other sites, but not on ELU. So I don't usually bother with them. Google's "site-specific" ...


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The Help Center really only covers the most basic stuff (the list of privileges is pretty good though). You can get better results by searching Meta. It's worth noting that you'll get more (and often better) results on the Main Meta or Meta Stack Overflow. They're working on improving search as part of the Channels project on Stack Overflow: I can vouch ...


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The best way to search is to use Google, rather than the site search in the top-right corner. When using Google, you need to specify the site you want the results to come from, using the site: parameter. The following is a suitable search, although it should all be on one line and entered as a single string into the search box: past tense has a boundary ...


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Use the search term closed:yes (or as Dan Bron suggests, closed:1). The Search page itself contains some tips when you click the 'Advanced Search Tips' link on the right: You can use it e.g. to exclude questions which are closed as duplicates.


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Yours is an interesting point, but I’m not wholly sure we want this fixed. The technical explanation for what I believe is happening is probably going to either confuse or bore the pants out of most people reading this, but here goes anyway. I’m pretty sure that Stack Exchange searches are done using something called the Unicode Collation Algorithm at ...


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Useful tips preserved from comments to the question: I put "well received question" in the Meta search bar and got relevant results. You have to be smart about which site you're searching for what sort of topic. Discussion on meta is far more likely than the help center to answer questions about community standards. Once you get the hang of the search ...


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I am pasting Dan Bron's very helpful comment as an answer here because a comment can disappear anytime: Go to the search bar. Type closed:1. Pick your sort (eg by votes, by newest). Voila


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