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I want to create a special (over)view for questions. I think of at least the following:

  • no answers at all (or, alternatively, with answer(s) but no accepted answer);
  • not closed (for whatever reason);
  • sorted (newest to oldest, or alternatively, oldest to newest);
  • specific community.

I am aware of data.stackexchange.com, but:

  • I cannot create a filter at all - where can I find a "manual";
  • I did not see any option for sorting.

Thank you for your kind support.

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Stack Exchange searches return a URL that you can bookmark. There is a post with some tips for searching in the Contributor's Guide that's a good start. For more advanced searches, there is the Stack Exchange Data Explorer site, but the data there is delayed by a day and we don't need to write SQL for most searches.

  • To find questions that don't have an accepted answer use isanswered:no
  • To find questions with a certain number of answers use answers:#. If you want questions with no answers, use answers:0. Add '..' to specify a range. For example, answers:..1 will return questions with 1 or fewer answers.
  • To exclude questions that have been closed, use closed:no.
  • To sort a search, use the buttons at the top of the page:
    • Newest sorts by when the question was created
    • Frequent is a list of questions that have links, sorted by the number of links
    • Votes sorts by score
    • Active sorts by the last time the question or an answer to it was edited or posted. Comments do not affect the "active" time.
    • Unanswered is a list of questions with no up-voted answers (there may be some with accepted answers, but all answers will be scored zero or less).
  • To search a specific community, just navigate to that community and enter your search there. To search across all communities, use the search on the main Stack Exchange site. There is a "filter" feature but it just filters on tags. There is also a Custom Question List alpha that you can participate in.

Here is a search URL for questions that haven't been closed with no answers and more than 500 views (so we can find the neglected ones, not just the brand new ones):
https://ell.stackexchange.com/search?tab=newest&q=answers%3a0%20closed%3ano%20views%3a500..

  • Thank you for the nice answer. I used the following string, based on the info from you (slightly different than your examples): "answers:0 closed:no duplicate:no score:1.." Do you think it does any good? – virolino Feb 18 at 5:27
  • @virolino If it helps you find the types of questions you’re looking for, it’s good :) – ColleenV Feb 18 at 11:54

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