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Why does Google give better results than PSE search about PSE's own pages?

This has been discussed on Meta Stack Exchange several times already - see here, here, here, here, and probably others I haven't caught. Google was founded in 1998 on a business model based on a ...
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar
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While searching questions by tags, why cannot we choose more than one tag only?

Multiple tag searches are possible. E.g. the search for both astrophysics & visible-light is done here. Unfortunately tags are not always applied consistently, so for a more complete search type ...
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How can I use the chat full transcript?

There is no functionality for this exposed in the UI, but it's pretty easy to do by writing the URL manually. The current URL pattern for chat transcripts is ...
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An Issue with Detecting Identical Titles

If two questions are not duplicates of each other and yet their titles only differ in capitalization, then the title is bad and should be changed (preferably on both questions) to a title that is more ...
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Is it possible to search in comments?

There is no on-site mechanism owning to the intentionally second-class status of comments. When I really must search comments I use google with the ...
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How to navigate answers?

In particular, is there a quick way to locate answers I know I have seen (e.g. ones I have written) based on some search terms or something like that? In the search bar start your search with "User:...
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How can I find the highest scored posts of all tags?

For the most up-voted question type is:q in the SE search engine, and click votes. Similarly, for the most up-voted answer, type is:a.
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While searching questions by tags, why cannot we choose more than one tag only?

First, make sure that those tags are defined before. Now, for example, in the search engine, type this: [general-relativity] [black-holes] And you will see this:
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Avoid display of closed questions

If doing a search, you can simply add closed:0 Unfortunately, there is currently no way to combine "my watched tags" with "closed:0". There have been requests that the display of ...
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Is there a way to find where I have made some comments earlier or recently?

In general, to find the comments you have posted without someone else randomly linking you to them, you can follow these easy steps: Go to your profile Click on the "Activity" tab Click on &...
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How can I get the order of questions in a search to be by date?

This is actually a pretty easy feature, I think you may have just passed over it. All you have to do it change from "Relevance" to "Newest" in that tab there, and it will sort ...
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Is it possible to search in comments?

As an alternative to dmckee's answer, which is generally quite reliable, if you can't find what you're looking for, then variants of this Data Explorer query might help.
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How can I get the order of questions in a search to be by date?

If you don't want to have to put in the same settings every time, you can also create your own custom filter: First, click "Create a custom filter" on the side bar then you can specify that ...
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Cannot find a question upon statistical mechanics I commented on

In the concrete case: Yes, the question Time evolution in classical statistical mechanics was deleted 2 days ago by OP along with your comments. In general: You cannot search comments with the SE ...
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Is it possible to know why a question vanished from my "recent inbox messages"?

To answer the specific question, it is possible to view deleted posts once you reach 10,000 reputation and gain access to the moderator tools. It will show which user deleted the post in the banner at ...
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Is there a way to find where I have made some comments earlier or recently?

There's a list of comments in your profile. In your case, it's quite short (only 26) so you should be able to find your comment (unless it has been deleted). Searching within those comments is not ...
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Is there a way to find where I have made some comments earlier or recently?

Assuming I've found the correct account, this page in your profile shows all your comments. They are in chronological order so if you know roughly when you posted the comment it should be easy to find....
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How can I find a [cosmology] question where I cannot remember any text or title for a search?

I just looked through your list of all answers and found this within a minute. It seems like what you are looking for. Nice to meet a fellow cosmology buff. Makes me feel less bad about my recent ...
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