Here's a problem that I have run into a couple of times recently.
When writing a question - how could I effectively search that the puzzle hasn't been asked before?

This problem is, I believe, unique to puzzling SE. This is because the search for duplicate questions searches through the titles of the question. And in Puzzling SE - the title of the question is hardly an indicator for the actual puzzle (as opposed to other straightforward Q & E SE's). Therefore, it is extremely difficult to find if my puzzle has been asked before.

My suggestion is perhaps to spread awareness through the community to be easier on people asking a duplicate question. We may certainly tag it duplicate but try and avoid down-voting etc.

Am I going wrong somewhere?

P.s. if this question is a duplicate... :-)

• You can also search on Google using site:puzzling.stackexchange.com. Can be helpful for context-aware searching. – Aza Feb 25 '16 at 19:19
• related : Should we downvote duplicates? – Fabich May 30 '16 at 14:07