Possible bug in "unanswered" filter: As shown in the screen capture below, the url says "unanswered", but the page content disagrees.

I don't think this is a browser problem, as I replicated this problem on a different machine (actually vmware linux). And the bug is persistent.

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    Just because something's status-bydesign doesn't mean that design makes sense. While this isn't a bug, it is a UX failure.
    – moopet
    Commented Jan 17, 2018 at 9:42

2 Answers 2


This is not a bug; however, the language used is a bit confusing, IMHO. A post is considered "unanswered" when it doesn't have any upvoted answers.

In other words, as soon as one of the answers is up voted, the post will no longer appear in the unanswered filter.


The Stack Exchange definition of unanswered questions is questions with no upvoted answers. Check the link's tooltip ;)

  • Thank you for the clarification (I think!). But I can't find your mentioned tooltip. The no answers option, which I now realize is totally different from unanswered, does have a tooltip, stating the obvious. But is there a second one? Commented Jan 13, 2013 at 1:52
  • @JosephQuinsey You'll find the tooltip if you hover over the "unanswered" link in the questions page, it's the last link to the right, after "newest", "featured", "faq", "votes", "active".
    – yannis
    Commented Jan 13, 2013 at 1:55
  • Thank you--I found it. But I think there is still a bug, albeit a more minor one, for three reasons. Firstly, here are two clickable Unanswered buttons, the first being after Badges, and this first one does not provide the tooltip. And secondly, if you click it, it takes you to a page with UNANSWERED QUESTIONS displayed prominently. And finally thirdly, the tooltip itself is obviously ridiculous--either it or the button should be changed. Commented Jan 13, 2013 at 2:16
  • Edit: This is to clarify my 3rd point. I love SE. But saying the Stack Exchange definition of unanswered questions is questions with _no upvoted answers_ is ridiculous--SE should not try to redefine the English language. (But getting a good label for a button is often hard.) Commented Jan 13, 2013 at 2:39
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    @JosephQuinsey - maybe you should pose the question of "what is the definition of an unanswered question?" to english.SE. :-)
    – user53019
    Commented Jan 14, 2013 at 15:27

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