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For some parts of the site, there is an alternative to the Google search.
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There used to be a Google-independent beta "advanced search" here[dead link] that allowed users to search for projects by a variety of factors including post date, love-its, sprites, scripts, and many others. Recently uploaded projects appeared in this search immediately.
An advanced search can be run from the Google website itself from here. Notice how the site/domain field is filled in as scratch.mit.edu.
Using External Search Engines
It is possible to use external search engine websites such as Google.com to search for projects more accurately than the custom search provided using "site:scratch.mit.edu " at the beginning of a search term. Specific parts of the website can also be searched, for example:
site:scratch.mit.edu/discuss How to make cloud multiplayer
Scratch Provided Search
The search bar was changed to a Google custom search during Hour of Code because of all the new users that it would generate. However, the Scratch Team has since changed it back to the default search engine.
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Sometimes, new users ask on the forums why their user profiles do not show up in the search engine. Also, sometimes the search engine does not index new pages for a long time.