I was just asking the 3rd ever question on a new private beta, and the existing 2 questions (with 1 view, 0 comments, 0 answers) both appeared in the "Questions that may already have your answer" box. They can't possibly have my answer, because they don't have any answer.

The box "Questions that may already have your answer" should not contain any unanswered questions.

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    There are questions that are unanswered but do have comments/answers that might have the answer you are looking for.
    – Howli
    Mar 12, 2014 at 20:47
  • Good point, a question can indeed contain an answer, I was thinking quite literally in the Q&A sense... so perhaps it's not a bug as such. It's still worth thinking about, though.
    – gerrit
    Mar 12, 2014 at 20:50
  • Maybe if it is 0 comments and questions it doesn't show, but if it has at least one answer then it should. I think that would be at least a bit better.
    – Howli
    Mar 12, 2014 at 21:01
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    @Howlin comments are not answers... they are comments. That an answer might be in a comment shouldn't apply. May 12, 2014 at 13:46

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The label for it is a little misleading, but those questions should still appear.

The main reason I see for this feature is to prevent duplicates. If you have a near identical title, it'll quickly get picked up and then a possible duplicate might be prevented.

Chances are, if it's not answered, it's probably not possible (someone sometimes leaves a comment). If it is possible, that means that either nobody cares about it enough to put in the effort or it's not getting enough views. If it's possible but not getting enough attention, try adding a bounty to the existing question.

And there is a way that you can tell if it has any answers; a little number appears after each link. (If there are no answers, nothing will appear).


Assuming that when at least one answer or comment has been given by any user, it should appear in that list.

That one answer, maybe not marked as the answer can still be the answer I was looking for preventing me from creating almost a duplicate question.

Doing a quick-check resulted in the result I was expecting and I've put above this line.

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