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Remove separate search page and put a search textbox directly in the top bar

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Would it be possible to change the search so that you don't end up on a separate page? It feels a bit clunky to not be able to search directly. Replace the search button with a text box for the query. Maybe it could be a separate search page for more advanced searching with more options and explanations, but in that case, also have a regular search textbox on the regular pages.

I don't like to say "like on the SE network", but that pretty much summarizes it. :)

It could be the case that I just have not become used to it yet.

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ArtOfCode‭ wrote over 2 years ago:

Have to consider mobile usability here. Search boxes are wide and unwieldy; putting them in the top bar is potentially not possible on mobile, and then we're supporting two versions of the top bar for desktop vs. mobile. I'm not going to say no, but it needs more consideration than "just do it" :)

klutt‭ wrote over 2 years ago:

And you want to avoid having a separate mobile page?

ArtOfCode‭ wrote over 2 years ago:

Absolutely, yes. That'd be even more of a nightmare to maintain :)

Canina‭ wrote over 2 years ago:

Maybe one possible, workable middle ground could be a fold-out when clicking Search (sort of like how "add a comment" folds out a comment textbox), with fallback to a specific "search" page in case the Javascript doesn't work, and a link to the specific "search" page for more in-depth guidance?

luap42‭ wrote over 2 years ago:

We could add it as a drop down into the header, something like this example (optionally with a search icon).

Canina‭ wrote over 2 years ago:

@luap42 That's more or less what at least I had in mind for the UI for Javascript-enabled browsers. The current simple link to a search page would still be nice as a fallback for those who have Javascript disabled.

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