When I tried to show unanswered JavaScript questions not related to jQuery on SO, it showed on the right that it was showing questions tagged with " not " (example). However, both the number of questions and the actual questions shown do not correspond to the description given by the page. Is this just me, or is this actually a bug?

Bug with unanswered section using not term: javascript -jquery

EDIT: doesn't just affect Stack Overflow (example with Programmers.SE):

Programmers.SE issue

EDIT 2: This does not affect the "or" operator - [javascript] or [jquery] works fine.

  • Are you still getting the same behavior? – asheeshr Aug 18 '13 at 9:47
  • @AsheeshR I do, and it's not just caching, e.g. this question appears on page 5 (a lot further by the time you read this) and it's never been tagged javascript. – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Aug 18 '13 at 9:52
  • Odd. This works fine, and this. cc @Gilles – asheeshr Aug 18 '13 at 10:26
  • It seems like when I click on "Unanswered" section after a search, SO "forgets" about my search (meaning it returns all unanswered questions). In addition to that, the URL becomes stackoverflow.com/unanswered (tested on Firefox 23 on Win 8) – Old Checkmark Aug 18 '13 at 10:28
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    Though in view of the other sections (Tags, Users, Badges) I guess you're not supposed to be clicking on anything not under "Questions" – Old Checkmark Aug 18 '13 at 10:30
  • @OldCheckmark Same for me. – asheeshr Aug 18 '13 at 10:33

The unanswered questions tab performs an OR with the tags, so what you are getting is Javascript OR NOT jQuery and not Javascriot AND NOT jQuery.


In order to get the second AND set you need to search by tag and then filter by unanswered:


  • Well it's not quite the same, but whatever. Maybe I'll put in a feature request. – Qantas 94 Heavy Feb 1 '14 at 0:59

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