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I don't like the search box when I'm flagging for a duplicate, because I don't know the exact names of the big questions. Even if I use very relevant keywords, the question that I want to pick is always lost somewhere in the list and I have to scroll down and search for it.

How do you guys find and pick the duplicates quickly?

Example: I want to flag a question as a duplicate of the oh-so-famous How to Install Broadcom Drivers question, but when I search "broadcom drivers", it's not at the top of the list (and depending on the question, it's sometimes not even in the list). I always forget the exact name of the question too. How do I quickly search for it?

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What I usually do is use the score:# option.

For example: search for broadcom drivers score:10, or even shorter, just broadcom score:10. Take a look at this:

score:10 means "show me questions with a score of 10 or more". This removes those low-score questions from the list, making it easier to spot the question you're looking for.

Of course, you don't always have to use the number 10; this is just an example. If you know the question is really popular and has, let's say, 90 upvotes, then you could use a higher number.

Example:

Searching for uefi only, gives us:

But searching for uefi score:40 gives us:

If, however, you're searching for a question that has a relatively low score, you'll need to do some trial-and-error, using score:3 for example, to exclude other low voted questions.

An alternative would be to have those questions in your favorites, and use the option infavorites:mine, which will only search for questions in your favorites.

  • Nice! Is all good and cozy. Just one question... why you still have close votes? – Braiam Sep 6 '13 at 20:14

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