Pretty much completely broken, yes. I think they may be fixing this stuff soon. In the meantime just use google with the site operator (site:https://answers.atlassian.com rest browser):
No, it works, but I don't find it inituitive at all, and I don't think other people do either.
Atlassian are looking at it, and I've scribbled some feedback, but until it's improved, try "site:answers.atlassian.com rest browser" in google. It's annoying that we have to go outside the built-in search, but that's a giveaway that it's not working.
We've really been working on trying to improve search. Obviously, we're not there yet. Here's the status:
We've migrated search engines, from OSQA's native pyparsing to a combo of Haystacksearch + Xapian. Think of it as a change from querying the database to a Lucene-like binary data structure. That has improved performance significantly (we're no longer getting frequent crashes), but we have a few bugs to work through.
Once it's fixed - and we're close - we'll provide an advanced search UI where you can search by user, date, AND/OR/exact match, answer/question/comment. And, in general, the intuitive type a search string in will work close to what Google does. Once it's implemented it should offer an improvement to Google in that you'll have advanced search functionality, but to be honest Google may still be better in some ways, but this could be said about Confluence and JIRA as well...
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