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This isn't a question of "why are there so many closed questions". This is User experience.

I counted 13 closed questions on the landing page for Programmers Stack exchange. On StackOverflow, I see none.

I do not frequent Programmers Exchange, but this user experience is horrible! I honestly did not want to use the site, because it was so hard to find a real question that I could contribute to.

Can we please just not display closed or duplicate questions on the landing page?

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    "On StackOverflow, I see none." - That's because it moves so fast that they haven't been closed yet. :P
    – Mysticial
    Apr 9, 2013 at 19:51
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    Have you tried the unanswered page?
    – user102937
    Apr 9, 2013 at 19:52
  • @Mysticial Whatever the case, it is a much better user experience!
    – stevebot
    Apr 9, 2013 at 19:52
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    @Mysticial Stack Overflow's home page shows "interesting" questions, not the active questions in reverse chronological order like every other site.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Apr 9, 2013 at 19:52
  • @AnnaLear Ah... I never realized that. :)
    – Mysticial
    Apr 9, 2013 at 19:53
  • @RobertHarvey if I have to go look for the unanswered page from the landing page to find real questions, doesn't that show something is lacking in user experience?
    – stevebot
    Apr 9, 2013 at 19:54
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    I suppose, if you count the additional single click you have to make as a problem with the user experience.
    – user102937
    Apr 9, 2013 at 19:55
  • @RobertHarvey besides the additional click, if I am a new user I will not necessarily know to even go to unanswered.
    – stevebot
    Apr 9, 2013 at 19:56
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    Did you know? It's fairly prominently displayed at the top of the page.
    – user102937
    Apr 9, 2013 at 19:56
  • @RobertHarvey I honestly did not
    – stevebot
    Apr 9, 2013 at 19:56
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    @stevebot: "if I am a new user I will not necessarily know to even go to unanswered" If you're a new user... how do we know that you want to find unanswered questions at all? Answering questions is not the only reason to visit a SE site. Apr 10, 2013 at 7:52
  • @NicolBolas It's not about unanswered. A new user shouldn't have to see so many [closed] and [duplicate] questions. It doesn't encourage them to ask questions. Maybe SE is intended to be hard for new users, is that the case?
    – stevebot
    Apr 10, 2013 at 15:21
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    If a new user sees [closed] and [duplicate] questions on the landing page, then hopefully, it will encourage some of them to understand what they are and why they are closed. That can only be a huge positive for everybody's user experience, no?
    – RivieraKid
    Apr 10, 2013 at 17:25
  • @RivieraKid Yes,that would be a positive. No, it is not friendly to new users.
    – stevebot
    Apr 10, 2013 at 17:31
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    Hrrmm if you think the landing page on Programmers is bad, you probably don't want to frequent their newest questions page. It averages anywhere from 30-50% closed/downvoted on most days. There's even a meta post containing exact stats as of the beginning of this year: over 50% of their questions from the past 60 days were closed, deleted, or downvoted below 0.
    – Rachel
    Apr 10, 2013 at 17:53

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I disagree.

Closed questions aren't dead. There are more ways to contribute than just answers. When a question is edited it is sent back to the home page, which means it can be reviewed by others and possibly be re-opened, or even edited again. Users with less then 2000 reputation can even gain more reputation by doing so.

Hiding them simply means the chances of these questions being re-opened become close to impossible. Not everyone spends time in the review queues contrary to the common belief that they do.

To expand, and having given this some more thought, it also helps new users understand that duplicates do get closed, and that questions that don't meet a certain standard do get closed. They should learn from these questions and what not to ask.

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  • In my experience, the resurrection of closed questions is the exception, not the norm. I like my ui to cater to the norm not the exception.
    – stevebot
    Apr 9, 2013 at 22:31
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    @stevebot It's not just a matter of what the UI caters to. The UI has a substantial effect on what the norm is. Apr 10, 2013 at 6:53
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    @stevebot Again I disagree. Quite a number of posts get reopened if the OP's or community put in some effort. There is no exceptions in SE. Closed and duplicate posts is part of the norm. It's one of the features that make SE sites successful. Apr 10, 2013 at 7:14
  • @Diago and EliahKagan thanks, these are the first real answers I have heard here. SE is intentionally hard for new users, so that it can set the norm for them. Makes sense.
    – stevebot
    Apr 10, 2013 at 15:24
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I think you want to do filtering process on this site,

from all questions close and duplicate questions filter and not visible for anyone who find answer of his/her query.

but its not possible because of duplicate and close question sometime some small mistake if its edited and correct this mistake its not bad.

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  • What I clearly stated I wanted is to not display these questions on the landing page, where new users are dropped. Seasoned users should be able to access and edit [closed] or [duplicate] questions somewhere else (seasoned users are familiar with the edit process, whereas new users are likely not).
    – stevebot
    Apr 10, 2013 at 15:26
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This seems like it might be more of a conversation for programmers meta than for the general meta. That having been said, Why not put a (low... 25 or 50 or so) rep requirement for seeing closed questions? That should reduce the scare-away-new-users issue a bit, and the newest users don't have a whole lot to do with closed questions anyway.

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  • Thanks, I didn't even realize there was a programmers meta! Even after 3 years, I am still a new user, maybe that is my problem -_-.
    – stevebot
    Apr 10, 2013 at 18:45

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