There have been some recent discussions that it's getting increasingly difficult to find duplicates or near-duplicates of questions posted by new users, on the main site. Similar concepts are getting repeated time and again in answers, leading to duplicated efforts. So what are some tips to quickly search for duplicates on Physics SE?

Some of our primary search resources are of course

But how exactly do you use them to search efficiently? Are there any additional scripts we can use? For example, one of the scripts that I personally use is Searchbar and Nav Improvements by Samuel Liew.


Math SE: How do you search for specific questions?

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    $\begingroup$ Does memorizing every question count as a tip? $\endgroup$ – Kyle Kanos Jan 29 at 22:02
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    $\begingroup$ @KyleKanos It sure is a "tip", but I don't think it's a helpful one for newer users. ;) $\endgroup$ – Blue Jan 29 at 22:03
  • $\begingroup$ @Blue true, that just comes with time. $\endgroup$ – Kyle Kanos Jan 29 at 22:07
  • $\begingroup$ @KyleKanos - I think that I can state with conviction that there is no way in heck that my brain is capable of memorizing every question on Physics SE. Kudos to you! But, generally, Google does a pretty good job of it. $\endgroup$ – Jon Custer Jan 29 at 23:45
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    $\begingroup$ @JonCuster you need to work on your sense of humor ;) $\endgroup$ – Kyle Kanos Jan 30 at 0:00
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    $\begingroup$ @KyleKanos - (My tongue was firmly in cheek). I suspect there are a few folks I know who actually would have a pretty good chance at actually doing so. Based on the evidence, our own Qmechanic would seem to have it pretty much nailed... $\endgroup$ – Jon Custer Jan 30 at 0:07
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    $\begingroup$ The 'related' right bar has a lot of things most lazy OPs never bothered to check. $\endgroup$ – Chair Jan 30 at 0:58
  • $\begingroup$ physics.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/10421/… related. $\endgroup$ – JMac Feb 2 at 17:49

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