It seems a lot of people get upset when other dont use the search bar and it is pretty annoying to see multiple threads on the same page but I think a lot of new members dont realize its there or people forget.
My suggestion would be to have a box to check before you can click "create thread." This box would say "have you searchbarred?" or something along those lines. Think of it like those programs you install where you have to agree to the programs licensing..
That would be a hassle. What we should do is adopt what a lot of forums are starting to do. When you are on the create a thread page, as you type the title, a list of threads appear in a box above the thread box containing the words you are typing. The poster will automatically see any threads that contain the words they are about to post.
i think people should just calm down with the whole repost nazi thing, if they cant be funny about it, or nice about it, just dont post, if you dont post you dont bump the thread, and its off the page faster
im fucking cool
what about something like on yahoo answers. when you start writing your thread, it searches for similar threads and displays like the 4 best matches. thats a lot of work for the coders, but its an idea