I want to help answer popular questions that haven't been answered yet (since answers to these questions would be much-demanded by Google searchers and Stack Overflow users).

Is there any quick way to find unanswered questions on Stack Overflow (in order of descending popularity, i.e. view count)?

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    You can use answers:0 to find unanswered questions, but I also need to sort questions by popularity (as determined by the number of page views). How can I do that? Dec 30, 2012 at 3:54

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If by popularity you mean votes, you can find a list of unanswered questions sorted by votes here.

If you want to include views, you will have to use /search. For example, to find unanswered questions with at least 500 views, you would visit:


See the search tips listed here.


Regarding your comment about filtering out closed questions, you can add closed:0 to filter out any closed unanswered questions from the results:


  • Is it also possible to sort by popularity (as determined by the number of page views?) Dec 30, 2012 at 3:58
  • That looks very useful indeed. Is it possible to search the content of questions within this search result (for example, search for questions relevant to JavaScript)? stackoverflow.com/search?q=views:500+answers:0 Dec 30, 2012 at 4:02
  • @AndersonGreen No, not that I know of. The search engine sorts by "relevance" by default, but you can also sort by recent activity, votes or age.
    – user200500
    Dec 30, 2012 at 4:03
  • Apparently it is, possible, actually: stackoverflow.com/… Dec 30, 2012 at 4:03
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    @AndersonGreen I meant about sorting by popularity. It is possible to search by a tag.
    – user200500
    Dec 30, 2012 at 4:05
  • It appears that the vast majority of popular unanswered questions are questions that were either merged or closed. Is there any way to filter out merged or closed questions, so that I can find popular questions to answer? Jan 1, 2013 at 19:16
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    @AndersonGreen You can filter out closed questions using closed:0
    – user200500
    Jan 1, 2013 at 19:32
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    Would it be possible to filter out merged questions as well as closed questions? I've noticed that some merged questions keep appearing in the search results. Mar 27, 2013 at 3:28

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