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How can a user view a list of "on hold" or closed questions? Does this action require some kind of privilege or special trick?

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marked as duplicate by Josh Caswell, michaelb958, 3ventic, Hugo Dozois, Martijn Pieters Feb 27 '14 at 0:09

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Everyone can view On Hold questions, no minimum requirements needed. – Martijn Pieters Feb 26 '14 at 17:40
Are you asking how to view questions that happen to be on hold (which anyone can do), or how to view a list of all on-hold questions? – Keith Thompson Feb 26 '14 at 20:40
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Anyone can view questions that are on hold (which simply means the question has been recently closed). You can search for them using closed:yes, or closed:1. That will show you all questions that are either closed or on hold, and you can sort by "newest", if you are specifically looking for the more recent ones.

Note that some questions are deleted soon after being closed, and viewing deleted questions requires 10k reputation.

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Note that there's no sure-fire way to search for questions that are on-hold vs. those that are closed, as the difference is purely superficial as far as the underlying system is concerned. – Shog9 Feb 26 '14 at 20:28

All questions that are on hold are public. You don't even need to have an account on the site, let alone any reputation, to view such questions.

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Anonymous users are auto-redirected on duplicates, though, IIRC. – Martijn Pieters Feb 26 '14 at 17:41
@MartijnPieters I never knew that, how does it work with duplicate chains / loops? (If you know) – Joe Feb 26 '14 at 18:00
@Joe: I don't know; from the headers of a single redirect I'd surmise that you'd get an infinite redirection loop. – Martijn Pieters Feb 26 '14 at 18:23
Sounds like.. StackOverflow! – Jeroen Vannevel Feb 26 '14 at 20:36
@JeroenVannevel No, because there is no stack to overflow, so it just goes on forever, unless there is a detection mechanism in place (which there is on major browsers, and probably also on SE's end to not cause this situation). – Servy Feb 26 '14 at 20:38

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