I was using some search options to filter unanswered questions, with zero answers to try and answer them, thus helping reducing the enormous unanswered questions count.


This effort will only be worth it if the user who placed the question actually gets to accept an answer (mine or not).

So I've tried to find a way to filter the questions whose users that placed them are still active, but after searching here on meta, and reading the stackoverflow search options page, I haven't found the proper way to do so. (assuming such method does exist)

Is it possible to apply a filter to questions, whose users that place them are still active?

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    I feel your pain, but I don't believe any means are available from the advanced search options alone.
    – user7116
    Commented Jul 1, 2012 at 21:55
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    You might be able to stir up some results on data.stackexchange.com, but I doubt this would get all of them
    – gobernador
    Commented Jul 2, 2012 at 2:50
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    Same question is being asked at meta.gis.stackexchange.com/q/4234/115
    – PolyGeo
    Commented May 20, 2016 at 20:25

1 Answer 1


You can't do that with the site search but for your particular use case a SEDE query should be sufficient.

I have created this query that let you enter a tag and for how many months the lastaccessdate of the OP may have passed.

-- active: Months user last active

select top 1000 
       p.id as [Post Link]
     , p.score
     , p.creationdate
     , datediff(mm, u.lastaccessdate,  getdate()) [User last seen]
from posts p
inner join users u on p.owneruserid = u.id
where p.posttypeid = 1
and p.answercount = 0
and p.closeddate is null
and datediff(mm, u.lastaccessdate,  getdate()) < ##active:int?2##
and p.tags like '%<'+ ##tag:string?haskell## + '>%'
order by p.creationdate desc

When run today for the Haskell tag on Stack Oveflow this will be your result:

haskell unanswered questions

Keep in mind SEDE is only updated once a week, on Sunday.

If you like this and want to give creating queries a try yourself, checkout the SEDE tutorial

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