After an extended alpha period, we are pleased to announce the release of Custom Filters (formerly known as Custom Question Lists).

Custom Filters provide a rich UI for building more tailored views of questions around your specific needs (e.g. unanswered questions about movie series you like but not the movies you don't) as well as the ability to save those lists for quick access later.

So, what does it look like?

The change in the UI is subtle, and if you never use the feature it shouldn't impact you too much.

We're going from this:

Screenshot of a question list header before Custom Filters

To this:

Screenshot of a question list header after Custom Filters, with the only notable difference being rearranged tabs, a "more" tab, and "Filter" button

With this component in the sidebar:

Screenshot of a sidebar component titled "Custom Filters" with a single button, "Create a custom filter"

Notably, the order of tabs has rearranged slightly, Featured has been renamed Bounties, and a few items have been tucked into a "More" dropdown. There's also a blue Filter button.

Once you click Filter or "Create a custom filter", though, you're brought into a new UI that lets you select tags, choose a sort order, and specify the attributes of the questions that you want to view.

Screenshot of expanded filter UI described above

From there, you can apply your filter to the current page or save it so that you can quickly access it again from the sidebar or More dropdown.

Screenshot of sidebar with several saved question lists and one active.

What about new content indicators?

If you've been following this project, you know that new content indicators have been "just around the corner" for a while. It's not a trivial problem to get right at scale, and while we've been close for a while, there's one last issue we want to resolve before shipping. That is targeted for mid-July.

Where do I file bugs and feature requests?

You can file on meta using the tag.

Special thanks to our alpha testers

You have all been a huge help both not just in finding bugs but also in shaping the direction of the product.

For a history of the project, you can view these previous meta posts:

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    If we have feature requests from earlier posts that have been neither implemented nor rejected, should we repost them here? – Monica Cellio Jul 1 '19 at 19:13
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    Not a feature request or bug report, so doesn't really merit an answer of its own. I'd just like to comment that I really appreciate how you've made this potentially major change integrate so seamlessly. This is discoverable, yet not annoying. I appreciate that you paid attention to keeping it low-impact and maintaining as much of the site's design as possible. This is very elegant, and shows an attention to detail that has really been missing lately as new features have been introduced in a scattershot, "big bang" way, with no attention paid to their impact on folks in real day-to-day use. – Cody Gray Jul 1 '19 at 23:43
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    @MonicaCellio You can post it either as a full answer or question or just a link. Plenty of things probably fell through the cracks. – Brian Nickel Jul 2 '19 at 0:17
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    Free-hand (or the equivalent) circles on the screenshots would help. – P.Mort. - forgot Clay Shirky_q Jul 2 '19 at 10:47
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    Thank you for implementing requested features that benefit existing users of the site. – Thunderforge Jul 2 '19 at 14:30
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    So awesome to see this ship. Lots of great refinements along the way. Great work @BrianNickel and team! – Joe Friend Jul 2 '19 at 22:40
  • "Featured"->"Bounties"? No "Info"? – user474678 Jul 3 '19 at 17:01
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    @JL2210 Yep, Featured is now Bounties. Info is gone but it did the same thing as the "Learn more..." button directly above it. – Brian Nickel Jul 3 '19 at 17:34
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    @BrianNickel The Featured->Bounties change caused some confusion on Meta.SO. See meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/386790/… – user474678 Jul 3 '19 at 17:56
  • There's still a bug with cached results not updating. Just checked today and the most recent post on hitting the "back" button in Chrome is from June 20th. Rep count, featured questions, even other filters revert to whenever the cached data is from. – Steve-o169 Jul 8 '19 at 20:32
  • Very nice. I like that it live updates newest in my tags. – Travis J Jul 9 '19 at 19:43
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    I was dreaming of this feature. I will sound harsh but it would be nice to filter by reputation of the person asking the question. How many times I replied to question from ghost account only to loose time. – amirouche Jul 10 '19 at 21:42
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    Why isn't there a filter to search for questions that have an answer? When learning something new it could be useful to read questions about the language/platform and their answers to become introduced to new things. As it stands, you scroll through questions thinking "Yes, I would like to know the answer to that as well"... – Muuski Jul 10 '19 at 21:56
  • Best feature in a long time! – Suragch Jul 17 '19 at 17:30
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    So I appear to have gained some irritating red dots on my filters, um, any explanations?! – DavidG Jul 25 '19 at 10:07

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The new content indicator only works for Custom Filters you recently (since the introduction of the new content indicator) visited. I visited my second filter, but haven't visited the first. Now the first doesn't show a new content indicator, while the second does. The only difference between the two is the latter only includes unanswered questions, while the first includes all questions with tags and .

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  • This is by design. We only show indicators if the content in the list is new since the last time you visited it. Since you created the custom filter before we tracked visits, we have no way of knowing if there's new content. Filters created after we turned things on don't have this problem because we visit on save. We could have done a migration of sorts for existing users, but it would have added complexity to the project. – Brian Nickel Jul 31 '19 at 19:53
  • Thanks for taking the time to explain. Ill update my A to add status by design. – Luuklag Jul 31 '19 at 22:02

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