When I click on unanswered to sort out the questions, it gives me the list of questions with answers. But then I learned that unanswered means no answer is selected by the original poster.

I feel this should be corrected by replacing the word unanswered to unselected. That's because if OP is inactive (or for that sake even leaves the ELL site forever!), the question will still remain unanswered though it may have the answer with accurate and researched content.

On the other hand, clicking on active returns questions with zero answers as well! I understand that on this site, all questions are always active as anyone can answer the question which is already answered (a green tick) but then to avoid ambiguity, this should be redefined.

It should be...

Unanswered - Questions with ZERO answer. The question is not answered yet.
Active- Questions with answers but no answer selected by the OP, it's still active.
Unselected - Questions with no selected answer.

Also, is there any way I can view the questions with ZERO answer as of now?

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    To see questions with no Answers, select the 'Unanswered' link in the upper menu, next to 'Ask Question'. The lower menu will then display the choices 'my tags', 'newest', 'votes' and 'no answers'. Feb 17, 2014 at 15:23
  • @StoneyB Oh, I completely missed that! I focused all time on the mid-screen area!
    – Maulik V
    Feb 18, 2014 at 4:15

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You are confusing the user 'accepted' answer feature with questions that are 'unanswered'.

A question is considered "answered" when it receives an answer with at least one up-vote.

Have a look at this blog post:

OK, Now Define “Answered”.

But the "accepted answer" feature does serve the purposes you are attributing to it. The accepted answer feature is simply a social convention to indicate which answer the author found most helpful. A question is not considered answered by ticking it off. The best answer is determined by the community vote.

Unfortunately, your misunderstanding is very common, which is why I'm not a big fan of the feature in the first place.

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