The red tags/moderator tags/status tags — except for , perhaps — on Meta indicate that a mod has considered a feature request or bug and made a decision about how to handle it. In other words, they tend to equal "this is the official answer from the admins."

Over a hundred questions in the Unanswered list are marked right now, mostly quick bug reports that don't require long explanatory answers. Depending on how you look at it, they'll never be answered, they can't be answered and/or they've effectively already been answered. Could questions with red tags be filtered out of the Unanswered list entirely?

  • 0 I like no-ops.
    – Welbog
    Commented Sep 23, 2010 at 20:03
  • what about [status-declined] requests that actually most users want? And sometimes even happen to be changed into [status-completed] at a later point? Commented Sep 24, 2010 at 8:23
  • @Tobias, they'll still show up if you search for the tags. I guess this comes down to how people use the Unanswered tab. I do it when looking for things that haven't been addressed at all, and regardless of what might happen in the future, anything tagged [status-declined] has technically been addressed.
    – Pops
    Commented Sep 24, 2010 at 14:42
  • @Pops what's the problem with these questions being frequent?
    – Eevee
    Commented Mar 7, 2018 at 17:52

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This is still a problem.

Fortunately, it seems to have gone down in the past year. However, it hasn't been eliminated.

For some questions, such as tag merge requests, a simple, one line answer "It has been done" is sufficient. For example, see this question. There is resistance to the need for answering instead of just retagging.

Answers to questions should have a description of the feature in the answers. For an example of what to do, see this post or this one. For an example of what not to do, see this post which was marked as , which failed to notify the OP, leaving the OP to speculate that it had been done when the effects were observed sometime later. The OP had no reference to implementation discussion elsewhere, a post which was not marked .

posts should contain reasoning as to why the feature was not implemented. Important content like this does not belong in the comments.

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    Update: Now 95 unanswered, 16 declined, 11 norepro. It's going up! Commented Apr 13, 2012 at 1:20
  • Removing questions tagged as status-whatever from the Unanswered list should be implemented for all Meta sites, not only the main one. Of course, I agree that they should have an answer anyway.
    – walen
    Commented Mar 14, 2018 at 10:10

Well, yes there are 105 unanswered marked , but that's out of over 1,100 questions total, so I don't see this as a problem, nor do I think it needs special SE programmer team attention.

If you want, go ahead and resurrect this question. I'd support closing the ones that are legitimately completed and/or no longer relevant.


Just an idea: There are >120 questions tagged , , or . And they are filling up the unanswered section.

We all know this is a problem.

Maybe we should create a whole entire tab on the questions list for tags like , , or .

This tab should be named 'moderator-tagged', and will show up as a separate filter tab on the unanswered list. I feel we don't need to remove them, just move them to another area where they will create less complaint.

If people really want answers, they deserve them.

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