I want to be able to share my Questions and Answers with friends and family, but I do not want to give them my account password, of course.

I can search for my questions and answers successfully while logged in using the search field user:me as documented. I think that my user name is Stephen Elliott or StephenElliott but when I try to search with user:Stephen Elliott or user:StephenElliott I get thousands of results, none of which seems relevant to my recent posts.

Here are screenshots clarifying the difficulty, first with the user name of Stephen Elliott here:

Image of search with user name Stephen Elliott

And next is the search screen shot with the user name of StephenElliott here:

Image of search with user name StephenElliott

Below is the screenshot search of user:456735 that works fine:

image of search using user:456735

I did notice that if I use user:456735 that the search seems to work fine. But it is much more convenient if I can share my user name instead of a number, because it is easier for my friends and family to remember the user name (of course if that works).

Also, for me, it is difficult for me to remember this user number. Where can the user number be found? I was unable previously to find it with the user profile? Is there any insight about this? Do I need to put the user name in quotations or something? What do I need to do to search based on the actual user name that is associated with the post?

I appreciate the community's support to resolve this issue.

  • 2
    $\begingroup$ Usernames can be changed. User ID cannot. If they really care that much, sharing the direct link should be far more effective than telling them several instructions on where to search. $\endgroup$
    – Nij
    Feb 19 at 9:06
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ As for finding the user ID, click on the profile, it's right there in the URL. You cannot search using a user name because they are neither unique nor permanent. $\endgroup$
    – Nij
    Feb 19 at 9:08
  • $\begingroup$ Related posts on Meta Stack Exchange: Search on username and Allow searching by user name in searches. $\endgroup$ Feb 19 at 9:46
  • $\begingroup$ @Nij: Thank you for the insight about how I can get the ID number. That is great! The other question, though, is that if I am not logged in, is there a way for me to search for my profile. It seems that for Stack Exchange generally, there is a Users page to search, starting with the specific Stack Exchange Site and finishing with /users. For example, for this site, there is User's Page Here math.stackexchange.com/users. The picture should be enough to share the reference. Thank you for your support! (Also, should I thus answer the question?) $\endgroup$ Feb 19 at 9:55
  • $\begingroup$ On this meta: Help with what is my user id and how do I check it? On Meta Stack Exchange: What is my user ID? $\endgroup$ Feb 19 at 10:00
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Often it may be difficult to view profile URL on a mobile device (especially in portrait mode). In that case just click on the search button on profile page and you should see the phrase "user:<numerid user id>" by default in the search box. $\endgroup$
    – Paramanand Singh Mod
    Feb 19 at 11:29


You must log in to answer this question.

Browse other questions tagged .