My question mainly regards Stack Overflow, since that's where I spend most of my SE time, but I'm posting this here since this may apply to other Stack Exchange sites as well.
Lots of questions are closed each day (on SO at least). These closed questions clutter the questions pages, making it difficult to sift through, spot hidden gems, and draw one's attention to the posts that are actually worth one's time. (Note these are my opinions and might not apply to everyone else.)
The Feature Request
Stack Overflow has a question filter. I'm suggesting that a Hide Closed/Duplicate/On-Hold Questions checkbox should be added in order to filter out the closed questions, retaining the ones that are still open. Here's a mockup of what it might resemble (on SO):
Why a filter?
- Making it a filter allows the feature to be used across different question tabs (e.g. Newest, Active, Bounties, Unanswered).
- I'm guessing that some people (maybe moderators and power-users) might wish to continue seeing closed questions. Having this feature as a filter allows users to turn the functionality on/off.
However, some other SE sites might not have a question filter (e.g. Mathematics SE). This is currently under development, I hope? But I'm guessing that SO is ahead in myriads of ways.
No filter? How about actual tags?
I'm aware that SO and other SE sites have an Ignore Tags functionality. Why not automatically assign closed tags, duplicate tags, and on-hold tags to the question? Then one can simply choose to ignore these tags and presto! Problem solved. Note that this may also apply to locked or protected questions.
A nice thing about this is that one can specifically choose to ignore only closed questions, ignore only duplicates questions, or ignore only on-hold questions. (But of course, the filter feature could also incorporate this by using three separate checkboxes. This is just another idea/workaround).
I've already taken a look at another old Meta post concerning the same question (also regarding SO particularly). This, however, seems to be historical due to changes in the question-navigation layout on SO.
I've also browsed through the new-nav articles but couldn't find any information regarding "hiding closed questions".
Other than that I've tried searching SE Meta and SO Meta for news regarding this issue. Sad to say, but I couldn't find anything else.
I would be more than happy to hear if the SE/SO development teams have queued this feature into production and if so, whether there are any updates on this. Any other thoughts are also welcome.