I usually search for non-accepted non-closed newest questions in Java with this url.

Nowadays it seems to be including closed questions and questions with answers. Is this deliberate? Am I doing it wrong? It certainly seemed to work when I started using that technique.

  • Strangely, now I have posted the questing and checked the link it seems to work. It certainly wasn't before I posted. Strange!! Nov 1 '12 at 12:21
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    If you manage to repro, can you screen-shot it? Nov 1 '12 at 12:22
  • Ctl F5 after a few minutes and now I see Java Program to read a html page and save its HTML code in a text file [closed] in the list. Nov 1 '12 at 12:45
  • And now it's gone! Perhaps it's a cacheing issue. If the search results list is cached but each entry in it is re-rendered against live data you'd get this kind of issue. e.g. Search results cached for 5 minutes but question is closed after 2 then the closed question will persist until the cache is refreshed but the question will render as closed. Nov 1 '12 at 12:53

Nick assures me that this is due to delayed indexing (every 15 minutes) on searches that are done via lucene. So: if something changes from closed/not-closed in that window, it may be considered (as far as the actual search is concerned) incorrectly. When we know the data we want to show, we then show the actual state, without re-applying the filter to the UI.

We could potentially investigate a post-filter scan, to remove any that don't actually match when it comes to the UI. We already do this for our tag-based searches (if they have been deleted etc while we weren't looking).

  • Sounds like what I am seeing. :) Your call to add the post-filtering. Nov 1 '12 at 16:27

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