I can search for of all the questions that have been closed for any reason with closed:1, but you very rarely want to see just closed questions, you usually care about questions closed for a specific reason.

This would also be a great feature for teaching new people about why questions get closed. It would make it very easy pull up a list of questions closed as "subjective and argumentative" to use for examples, giving them the best possible idea of why certain questions are closed.


You can use Google to find closed questions. Try the following:

To search for posts closed as Not Constructive:

  1. Go to Google.

  2. Type in:

"closed as not constructive" site:stackoverflow.com -site:meta.stackoverflow.com

This makes sure that none of the results come from meta.stackoverflow.com. You can remove that if you want to see meta results as well. You can also change the close reason; just make sure the text exactly matches what is usually displayed to the end user.

Updated search for 2014:

"put on hold as" site:stackoverflow.com -site:meta.stackoverflow.com

Sample Search:

http://www.google.com/search?q="closed as not constructive" site:stackoverflow.com -site:meta.stackoverflow.com

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    great ssolution! now we just need to persuade SO to implement it themselves :D – Gordon Gustafson Jan 18 '10 at 21:44
  • We also need SO to implement Overflow Reduction. – Tyler Carter Jan 18 '10 at 22:01
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    Much better query: "closed as subjective and argumentative" -site:meta.stackoverflow.com site:stackoverflow.com – TheLQ Nov 7 '11 at 1:56

We now have a much improve close tab in the /review section ... visible to 10k users only.


This allows you to easily cut through the various questions needing closing.

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    pity that it's only for the 10k people. It probably shouldn't be available to everyone, but I don't see why making it available at 3k would hurt anything. Thanks for answering! :D – Gordon Gustafson Nov 14 '11 at 22:09
  • @CrazyJugglerDrummer feel free to post a meta question, I think there is a massive hole between 5k and 10k, perhaps we should slot it in at 7.5k – waffles Nov 14 '11 at 22:51

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