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Scenario:

  1. Go to Unanswered button that is on side of Badges.
  2. Search for any tag. For example: [java]
  3. You will be redirected to newest question tab for Questions category.

Searching for a tag in Unanswered category takes you to the Questions category. Why?

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Banner button Unanswered returns a list of unanswered questions. As @Bill explains you need to click on the unanswered sub-tab of search results to obtain the desired behavior. –  M. Tibbits Jul 16 '11 at 12:02
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Steps 1 and 2 are independent of each other. Searching takes you back to the Questions category on the last tab you had selected. You just happened to have selected the new tab most recently. Just click on the unanswered tab.

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Can it be possible to remain in Unanswered category? –  Harry Joy Jul 16 '11 at 11:39
    
Yeah, if you click on the unanswered tab first, then search. –  Bill the Lizard Jul 16 '11 at 11:40
    
I believe, if you search while on the unanswered tab, it still returns search results with answers. Hence my request –  M. Tibbits Jul 16 '11 at 11:45
    
Of course you can click on the unanswered tab within the search results, but in testing it just now, this doesn't come up by default after clicking on the main Unanswered button in the top banner. –  M. Tibbits Jul 16 '11 at 11:47
    
@M.Tibbits: That's not the same thing. See my answer to your question. Clicking the Unanswered button is a separate action from searching. There's no reason to think that it would affect your search results. –  Bill the Lizard Jul 16 '11 at 11:48
    
I apologize - you are correct, not the same thing - I've removed my answer; however, I disagree with your assertion that there's no reason to think it would affect your search results -- when browsing within the Unanswered context, why not 'by default' return the unanswered results?? I see this as similar to the thinking that searching on Stack Overflow does not return results from ServerFault. –  M. Tibbits Jul 16 '11 at 11:55
    
@M.Tibbits: It's just a different thing altogether. When you click the Tags, Users, or Badges buttons you don't expect that to have any impact on your later search results either. The buttons at the top just take you to different areas of the site. Searching takes you back to the Questions view. –  Bill the Lizard Jul 16 '11 at 12:08
    
@Bill, I understand. Perhaps better phrased, my question is, Why not make the default search behavior more context sensitive? I believe this is the OP's intent? –  M. Tibbits Jul 16 '11 at 12:12
    
@M. tibbits: Yes. –  Harry Joy Jul 17 '11 at 5:57
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