We are excited to release the first phase of custom question lists for alpha testing. Check out Custom question lists: finding questions you can answer for a refresher on the feature. A reminder that the functionality being released is a new experience for selecting the question lists and new filter/sort controls. The ability to save and reuse "custom lists" comes in phase II.

Note: This functionality is being released on Stack Overflow, Meta Stack Overflow and Meta Stack Exchange. Once it is out of alpha, it will be available on all network sites.

How to opt into the alpha

1. Go to your user preference

2. Check "Opt me in" for the "Custom Question List" feature

Custom Question List alpha preference note: set it once and the feature (when active) will be available on SO, MSO, MSE.

3. Wait.

You won't be immediately opted in. At first your status will be "Pending". We are limiting the number of people who have access. This will let us find/fix issues with less disruption. And, it will let us manage the load that this new feature puts on the servers (this could be more of an issue in phase II).

4. Test away.

When you do get access to the feature, please try it out. Log bugs as answers on this post.

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    Just a question, how can we know we have been "given access" – DarkCygnus Aug 9 at 21:08
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    @DarkCygnus #1 You'll see the changes on the /question page. and #2 you'll see "Active" on the preference (as shown above). We will enroll anyone who chooses it in the next 90 minutes or so. Then we will add more tomorrow. – Joe Friend Aug 9 at 21:10
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    I'd be happier if you just provided a way for us to search through our previously answered questions to help with duplicate locating :) Paging through thousands of previous answers 25 at a time is no fun. – David C. Rankin Aug 12 at 9:50

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Please add a results count at the top of the screen, like we have when doing normal searches. Note the difference between search:

Results count on question search

And question list:

Missing results count on question lists

Using the browser's back button doesn't play nice with the new filter. Example:

  • Navigate to the 'active' tab: https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions?tab=Active
  • Click the 'bounties' tab
  • Click the browser's back button, you're now back on the 'active' tab
  • Scroll to the bottom and click the button for another page 2. You'll either get a 404 page or the message that there are no questions found, while the 'bounties' tab is again selected.

(This problem doesn't happen on other sites, that's why I'm blaming the custom question filter.)

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    This is definitely a bug - I'll get this fixed. – Jon Chan yesterday

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Once the menu is opened, if I click elsewhere (without changing anything), the page refreshes. This is a bit irritating. I might just want to see what options I have set, but as soon as I open the menu it is bound to refresh the page as it closes.

Please consider giving an "Ok" button to confirm changes (and refresh the page), or a "Cancel" button to discard changes (without refreshing pages) or both.

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    I also noticed this. Every time you close the filter dropdown it refreshes the page, even though you didn't change settings – DarkCygnus Aug 10 at 18:03
  • I can't reproduce. I'm on Chrome 68.0.3440.42 if it helps. – Rakete1111 Aug 11 at 22:36
  • @Rakete1111 Yeah, I can't reproduce either. They might have fixed it. – Nisarg Shah Aug 12 at 6:38
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    @Rakete1111 Looks like you need to have at least two tags specified in the filter to repro this. – Nisarg Shah 2 days ago
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    @NisargShah I've been able to reproduce this with two or more tags. I'll get this fixed. – Jon Chan yesterday

What is the point of the "no answers" and "no accepted answers" filter options? I think it is so that we can find questions that we'd like to answer. But if that's the case, why are closed questions not filtered out?

If there's some other purpose to those options, I'd be happy to hear it. But otherwise, it seems to me that we need to (1) automatically filter out closed questions when choosing the "no answers" or "no accepted answers" options, and/or (2) add a "closed" checkbox to the filter dropdown.

I realize that we'll be able to do fancy custom search strings in Phase II, but it seems like a tool meant to help people find questions to answer should have the built-in ability to easily hide closed questions.

  • Pretty sure this is just a bug per Nisarg's answer here. If they included the filter options, they surely were meant to work, and they aren't working right now. – TylerH Aug 10 at 21:19

I can't find the Custom Question Lists option, neither here nor on Meta Stack Overflow (but on Stack Overflow, it works now).

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I successfully tried using some filters and got the posts displayed (for example: my tags, no answers, no accepted, today).

I see that "today" there were (as of this moment) 28 pages of results, with 50 results per page, that matched my tags and the parameters chosen:

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I then proceed to press next, to see the rest of the target questions, but when I do the filters are reset.

I can see this because my filters disappear (only the "All time" remains) and there are now a whole lot more pages (52,218 as of this moment):

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How can I see the next page of questions that meet my filters?


Edit: Looking closer, I see that although the filters are gone and now there are many more questions, they are still ordered according to the filters I gave it.

It's like we appended the rest of the questions at the end of those original 28 pages returned. Still, the filters on the interface are "reset", although the tag(s) description on top of the filters remains displayed.

I have set the filter to display only the questions that don't have an accepted answer. Yet, occasionally I do see questions that have an accepted answer.

Here's an example:

Just noticed two more.

Here's the filter that I have set:


Update

Looks like "No answers" filter is also not doing what I expect it to do:

  • No answer means no answer with a positive score. – Nog Shine Aug 11 at 6:34
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    @NogShine That's pretty counter-intuitive. I knew about "Unanswered", meaning that "..having no answer with a positive score or accepted by OP". So this one probably needs to be clarified or reworded. – Nisarg Shah 2 days ago

I can already see the changes took effect. Not precisely a bug (or perhaps is bydesign), but I noticed that the new interface only appears when going to the /questions link:

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However, this is not visible from Home (that is without the /questions):

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I see this is the case for all 3 test sites. Is this behavior intended?

At first I was confused as I was "Active" but didn't see the changes, until I pressed Questions is that I saw the layout change.

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    Correct. The ux changes are only available on /questions for now. – Joe Friend Aug 10 at 0:58
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    @JoeFriend I take that, after that phrase, we will see it on home after phase 1, correct? – DarkCygnus Aug 10 at 7:43
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    I'd rather that the home page present a consistent view to everybody. Home is where I can get the unfiltered view that everybody sees; /questions is where I can get my custom view. Both are valuable, especially for site custodians. – Monica Cellio yesterday
  • @DarkCygnus Home is TBD. – Joe Friend 18 hours ago

Indicate whether filter option "today" means "created today" or "last active today" – perhaps in a tooltip.

In search, according to help, there are two available time parameters: created and lastactive.

It's not immediately clear which of these two parameters is used in the question lists feature. If it's not convenient to display this all the time, at least stick it in a tooltip that appears when hovering over "today," "last week," and "last month."

Time filter but no indication as to what is meant


The Reset option in the Filter: TAGS is not functioning, if you are adding some tags and click the Reset. But if you are change the Radio button option and click the Reset it will clear the tags.

I have verified the issue in the recent Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browsers.

Screenshot for reference:

Reset not functioning

The "see more linked questions…" link when there are more than 10 linked posts results in a "Oops! Something Bad Happened!" error.

This does not occur if I open it in incognito, therefore I'm suspecting that the new custom lists is the culprit.

(You can test it out on one my questions which has 12 linked posts)

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    Huh. How is this part of the custom question lists? – André Kool Aug 11 at 14:00
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    @AndréKool, I guess some kind of a weird dependency which is not taken care of in the custom question lists. If I opt-out of CQL, the "see more linked questions" url works, when I opt back in, it doesn't. Let's hope that the dev tells us about it when they fix it. – Bhargav Rao Aug 11 at 14:57
  • My guess would be that this has to do with the "Most links" sorting option. – André Kool yesterday
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    The crux of the problem here is that the linked questions page doesn't have its own view; it just reuses the normal questions list (there's perhaps an even more obscure bug caused by this in that you can get live notifications for new questions showing up on that page on some sites). That view now expects an extra bit of data that contains information on all of your customizations... Which of course the linked questions controller doesn't provide. So, boom! – Shog9 yesterday

The form doesn't handle large numbers of tags very well. The input field won't resize enough and it does not scroll.

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    Yeah, I really don't love this either. We're going to see how we can handle large numbers of tags better. – Jon Chan yesterday

Why is the My watched tags disabled (when any tag is entered) while the other checkboxes act like actual checkboxes?

Screenshot

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    The checkbox is disabled when there are any tags already selected (under "TAGS" at the bottom of the filter dropdown). Click "Reset" and it'll be enabled again. – Cai Aug 11 at 14:34
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    ...assuming Reset works – Draco18s 2 days ago
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    Brown freehand circles! Not kool man! – Nisarg Shah 2 days ago
  • You could open the context menu under "More", and pick "Unanswered (My tags)" to select all your tags. – Nisarg Shah 2 days ago
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    @NisargShah I'm colourblind so they are red! – André Kool 2 days ago
  • @Cai I know how it works but I'm asking WHY it works that way. Seems weird to me to have different behaviour for a checkbox in a list of checkboxes. – André Kool 2 days ago
  • @AndréKool fair enough, that wasn’t obvious from your post. I agree it’s a bit weird and unintuitive – Cai 2 days ago
  • @Cai Feel free to improve my post if you can. I'm not very good at describing what I'm asking sometimes. – André Kool 2 days ago
  • Why do you expect the My watched tags checkbox to not be disabled? I'm confused why you find this unusual or strange. It seems to me it's behaving exactly the same as the other checkboxes would if they were also disabled. Just because it's the only checkbox that can become disabled isn't bad/unusual/strange. It just means that each checkbox performs a different action (which I would expect to be the case), and some of those actions are sometimes disallowed. – Clonkex yesterday
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    That said, I feel it shouldn't be disabled when you put tags in the TAGS box. Instead it should remain enabled, and checking it should disable the TAGS box and ignore any tags you had put in there. That would be more intuitive and self-explanatory. – Clonkex yesterday
  • Oh, so that's how I can get that checkbox enabled. I wanted to click on it, but I couldn't figure out how to enable it – Justin 18 hours ago

The tag autocomplete isn't working properly (with short imput atleast)

Autocomplete screenshot

When I try to find the bounties which are will be end today, by Filter: Has Bounty, Today and Sort: Bounty ending soon. It returns No questions found. Since there are many bounties are ending today, which I can verify manually.

The same URL in the SO is: https://stackoverflow.com/questions?sort=BountyEndingSoon&filters=Bounty,Today

Today ending bounty

If you use "Bounty ending soon" sort option the results will be filtered as if the "Has bounty" was checked. Even if you didn't check it.

Sorting screenshot

(Maybe this sorting option shouldn't be present when you unchecked that filter option)

  • What would you expect to happen if you sort by Bounty ending soon without Has bounty ticked? – Clonkex yesterday
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    @Clonkex I would expect it to not be there or be disabled when you havent selected "Has bounty" – André Kool yesterday

It seems that when the Unanswered (my tags) button is clicked (see below):

The <code>Unanswered (my tags)</code> button (note the free-hand red circle)

The search bar starts getting filled with the word 'or' when I click on different tabs. For example, after selecting Unanswered (my tags), and then Newest, then Bounties, then Newest, then Bounties and finally Active, the search query changes from:

[python] or [python-2.x] or [python-3.x] or [tkinter]

To:

[python] or or or [python-2.x] or or or [python-3.x] or or or [tkinter]

See below for a gif showing what I mean

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Note the repeated word 'or' in both the search bar and just below the All Questions heading

I have a feeling that this is a bug, rather than a feature.

Entering along with other tags in the Filter box replaces the with

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After clicking out of the filter box:

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    It's not just c++. At first look its every tag that includes a + – André Kool 16 hours ago

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