Sometimes, I'm just in a mood to answer questions. Thankfully, others have gone before me and weeded out the crap. As such, when I look at MSO or any of my other sites, there are many active questions with [On Hold] or [Duplicate]. I'm not interested in answering those.

And yet, when I look at MSO in particular, it seems like half of them are already in such a state. So, now I need to filter those out, looking for a question to answer.

Note, Unanswered doesn't really do what I need either - because even if there is a mediocre answer, on some sites, I can probably do better. So, how can I stop wasting my time looking at a whole bunch of questions I can't or shouldn't respond to?

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    A search for closed:no should to the trick I guess?
    – Bart
    Oct 8, 2013 at 15:02
  • duplicate:no, closed:no
    – juergen d
    Oct 8, 2013 at 15:03
  • I was unaware you could that! You know, if that was an answer, I'd accept it :) Oct 8, 2013 at 15:04

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Using the advanced search options, you can filter out closed questions. Just add


to your search. For example https://meta.stackoverflow.com/search?tab=newest&q=closed%3ano should give you all the newest non-closed questions.

  • Just a quick elaboration: if you want to filter out ONLY dupes (and leave other types of closed questions in your results), we recently added a duplicate:no function.
    – Laura
    Oct 11, 2013 at 15:06

As Bart has correctly said adding closed:no will give you what you want, however to answer the larger question;

You can find all the advanced search terms by following the link here;

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