How can a user view a list of "on hold" or closed questions? Does this action require some kind of privilege or special trick?

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    Everyone can view On Hold questions, no minimum requirements needed. Commented Feb 26, 2014 at 17:40
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    Are you asking how to view questions that happen to be on hold (which anyone can do), or how to view a list of all on-hold questions? Commented Feb 26, 2014 at 20:40

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Anyone can view questions that are on hold (which simply means the question has been recently closed). You can search for them using closed:yes, or closed:1. That will show you all questions that are either closed or on hold, and you can sort by "newest", if you are specifically looking for the more recent ones.

Note that some questions are deleted soon after being closed, and viewing deleted questions requires 10k reputation.

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    Note that there's no sure-fire way to search for questions that are on-hold vs. those that are closed, as the difference is purely superficial as far as the underlying system is concerned.
    – Shog9
    Commented Feb 26, 2014 at 20:28

All questions that are on hold are public. You don't even need to have an account on the site, let alone any reputation, to view such questions.

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    Anonymous users are auto-redirected on duplicates, though, IIRC. Commented Feb 26, 2014 at 17:41
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    @MartijnPieters I never knew that, how does it work with duplicate chains / loops? (If you know)
    – Joe
    Commented Feb 26, 2014 at 18:00
  • @Joe: I don't know; from the headers of a single redirect I'd surmise that you'd get an infinite redirection loop. Commented Feb 26, 2014 at 18:23
  • Sounds like.. StackOverflow! Commented Feb 26, 2014 at 20:36
  • @JeroenVannevel No, because there is no stack to overflow, so it just goes on forever, unless there is a detection mechanism in place (which there is on major browsers, and probably also on SE's end to not cause this situation).
    – Servy
    Commented Feb 26, 2014 at 20:38

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