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Does anyone remember seeing this answer/comment? (A famous result known earlier than believed)

I remember seeing the following interesting exchange recently on MathOverflow: someone asked a question about something, another person ($X$) answered (or commented) that the answer is such-or-such ...
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How to find highly upvoted comments?

My question is simple: is there a way to find the most highly upvoted comments on mathoverflow?
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Are my comments searchable?

My activity page in particular contains "All actions" tab; all my comments are there. Can I search for, say, a specific word there? A wonderful answer by Martin Sleziak to my question Is it ...
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I can not find one question I have already asked

I had already asked a question as follows: "Is there a one dimensional foliation of a two dimensional manifold whose foliation groupoid is diffeomorphic to a 3 sphere with two north pole. The ...
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Question about $i$ versus $-i$

I vaguely recall that some years ago, there was an MO question about how to distinguish between the complex numbers $i$ and $-i$, and in what sense this might be meaningful. I also recall that I ...
Steven Landsburg's user avatar
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Feature request: displaying all answers of a given user

It frequently happens that I want to find my old answer. The list of answers on my page consists of 35 pages, so searching in it using my browser search is too time consuming. On the other hand, if I ...
Alexandre Eremenko's user avatar
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Keyword Search of the User's own (my own) questions or answers

Is there a (good) way to "search" the keyword of the User's own (my own) previously asked questions or given answers in one's own profile? If so, how? Please illuminate. p.s. I asked that ...
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Help finding question

I am seeking a link to a question I posed myself, but which I can no longer find, either with Google site:https://mathoverflow.net or with StackExchange search (...
Joseph O'Rourke's user avatar
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How to know if an old post is deleted, when I cannot find it

I'm looking for a post that I'm 100% sure was still here on this site about a year ago. It probably has tags "big-list" and "soft-question", and at least several of the responses received more than ...
Lee David Chung Lin's user avatar
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Is it possible to search for posts/questions of an user $X$ commented on/answered by the user $Y$?

Basically the question is in the title. Maybe it sounds not entirely healthy but, say, I want to find all instances when the user $Y$ has replied to the user $X$, is there a way to do it? Maybe more ...
მამუკა ჯიბლაძე's user avatar
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Searching for comments

Is there a method to search past comments only. I'm interested in a comment I read years ago that was not specific to the question or answers, so it wouldn't be in the normal search. Keywords: ...
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Many answers, each one with many votes

Just by curiosity: This recent question has had five answers so far, and each answer has gotten more than 10 upvotes. I think this is quite exceptional (unless the questions are CW of course). How ...
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Is there any third party search engine for MathOverflow?

As has been discussed in this meta post, there is a third party search (with $\LaTeX{}$ support) engine for Mathematics Stack Exchange. I was wondering whether there is search engine with similar ...
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Recovering just for me my deleted question (or answer)

I am sorry to ask. There was an MO Q. by me (which addressed in an elementary way the infinity axiom, actually by just providing another formulation of algebraic flavor). I have carelessly deleted my ...
Włodzimierz Holsztyński's user avatar
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MO answers that are Google top hits

The question "Who is L. A. Balashov?" shows the following curious behavior: Only a few minutes after posting, it became a Google top-hit for the search terms "mathematician balashov": https://www....
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Are searches by tag broken?

I have tried a few variations, and they all take me to the Featured tab. This would be OK if I wanted featured questions. Unfortunately, I want questions (more than 1) which are tagged nt or co or ...
The Masked Avenger's user avatar
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searching mathematical formulae like in Zentralblatt Math

It would be nice if searching mathematical formulae like Zentralblatt Math http://zbmath.org/formulae/ could be implemented.
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Missing question and user?

Well, this is embarrassing. I've spent the last 20 minutes looking for a particular question on main but haven't been able to find it at all. This question involves something like the growth of $n!/(...
Vidit Nanda's user avatar
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Searching for questions without a certain tag

Is it possible to search the main site for questions which do not have a certain tag?
Michael Albanese's user avatar
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Searching via site:mathoverflow.net: a puzzle

I was searching for an answer I posted, using Google. I knew I mentioned "beltway," "homometric," and "Skiena." But none of the Google searches ...
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