This morning I wanted to find an answer of mine proving that some plane curve is not hyperelliptic.
So I typed not hyperelliptic Georges Elencwajg in the search box and got a message reading "0 results".
But when I typed just not hyperelliptic I got 92 results, of which the very first contained my answer !
So, how do I search efficiently for an answer that I gave to a question whose exact formulation I forgot?


Add "user:me is:a" to your search parameters.

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    $\begingroup$ Fantastic, it works fine! Thanks a lot, Asaf. Just for my edification, could you please roughly explain what that code is? (Which will also help me remember that unexpected string of characters !) $\endgroup$ – Georges Elencwajg Nov 14 '15 at 10:28
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    $\begingroup$ @GeorgesElencwajg "is:a" is short for "is:answer" which would also work, and means the post is an answer (and not a questions which would be indicaeted by is:question or is:q). "user:" restricts to the posts of a certain user, which user is usually specified by giving their user number but there is a shortcut for one's own posts which is "me" More information is on math.stackexchange.com/help/searching also note that when you perform a simple search, you will the have on the page that give the result a link "advanced search tips" that can serve for quick look-ups. $\endgroup$ – quid Nov 14 '15 at 10:45
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    $\begingroup$ @GeorgesElencwajg In addition the help on search in the help center, which was already mentioned by quid, I will mention that you can find Advanced Search Tips here. (You have to click on the caption "Advanced Search Tips", so that it expands.) $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Nov 14 '15 at 10:56
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks for the explanation, @quid. $\endgroup$ – Georges Elencwajg Nov 14 '15 at 11:41
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    $\begingroup$ @Martin: Thanks for your new comment and your edit which will make future searches childishly simple! $\endgroup$ – Georges Elencwajg Nov 14 '15 at 11:50
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    $\begingroup$ @Georges: But when you'll forget the link to this answer, how will you find it? :-) $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Nov 14 '15 at 11:54
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    $\begingroup$ @Asaf: I guess you're joking but the sad truth is that this really worries me. I jotted down your answer in a special exercise book, and I hope I will remember which one! In the worst-case scenario I'll ask again here and I hope you will still be as helpful as you have been today... $\endgroup$ – Georges Elencwajg Nov 14 '15 at 11:59
  • $\begingroup$ @Georges: Well, I hope you'll just remember that there is an "advanced search tips" guide on the side of the search results. But if it comes to asking again, I guess we'll have to wait and see. I have no plans on being less helpful anytime soon. $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Nov 14 '15 at 12:00
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    $\begingroup$ @GeorgesElencwajg Wouldn't a better solution how to mark a useful stuff be adding it to your favorites (or using some other online solution)? You know, the exercise book might not be at you when you come here, but favorites are just a few clicks away. $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Nov 14 '15 at 12:31
  • $\begingroup$ Excellent idea, @Martin: done! $\endgroup$ – Georges Elencwajg Nov 14 '15 at 12:34

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