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I was doing something which many stackoverflow users at some point were curious about by searching for a really low scored question.

While doing that, I was taken aback by the fact that the search result seemed strange to me when changing filter setting.

So when I go to questions, then votes, then to the last page, I find this question with a score of -28. Now, when I filter for 'java' by clicking on the tag name and doing the same, I find that question with a score of -33. Shouldn't I have seen the last one in my first search as well?

(Search was done at 2013/04/10 07:25 UTC, I have some favourite tags, but no ignore tags)

marked as duplicate by Adam Lear Apr 11 '13 at 15:19

This question was marked as an exact duplicate of an existing question.

  • someone once said thats because while you search, new questions are asked and/or added to the list, this way you might end up with different questions. – Tim Kathete Stadler Apr 11 '13 at 8:37
  • @TimKatheteStadler This doesn't apply here, since both questions were already in the system, but the query for all did not show the one limited on java. – Alexander Rühl Apr 11 '13 at 9:15
  • This question was marked as duplicate for some period, but the referenced question was deleted. When people marked it that way, they for sure can provide the answer then here? – Alexander Rühl Apr 11 '13 at 9:16
  • no other questions are added to the list, so you might not be on the last page – Tim Kathete Stadler Apr 11 '13 at 9:19
  • @TimKatheteStadler Ok, I see what you mean. But still, if I query for all, go to the last page, I get a page with less than max results and if I manually increase page number in URL, Idon't get a page, so I think the question is not in the result set. – Alexander Rühl Apr 11 '13 at 9:41

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