I'm looking for the best way to use Stack Overflow on a day-to-day basis. I know that for a lot of people, the Home page is probably what they see the most. But I'm wondering if it is more useful to watch the Unanswered page, or another page in order to see the most questions?

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  • You can usually catch questions first if you watch this page. I think it is the easiest way to score rep. Although, questions do tend to pop up on the main page first sometimes.
    – jjnguy
    Jul 22, 2009 at 15:14
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    Also, I prefer the Questions page to the homepage because it has a little preview of the body.
    – jjnguy
    Jul 22, 2009 at 15:16


Occasionally Unanswered traversing from last page to first.


Home page, occasionally Unanswered.

If it was truly unanswered then I might watch it more. I understand what "unanswered" means on SO, but I'd find it more useful to be able to answer questions that actually had no answers.

  • Show me a question in the unanswered view more than a day old that has a good answer. I'm not not saying they don't exist -- just that this 'noise' is extremely low. If an answer is at all worthwhile it will almost always get at least one upvote and drop the question from the view. Jul 22, 2009 at 16:21

Unanswered page


Active / Front page


The exact tags I watch have changed over time, but currently I watch https://stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/java+or+netbeans+or+eclipse+or+language-agnostic+or+sofaq+or+regex, sorted by activity. Occasionally I'll check the unanswered questions also.

  • Do you know if it's possible to do this, but have the list of tags loaded from "interesting" tags?
    – Nickolay
    Oct 26, 2009 at 11:26
  • I don't think it is possible.
    – mmyers
    Oct 26, 2009 at 13:57

I prefer the Unanswered page, about 3-4 pages back. You can find a number of questions that don't have any answers at all, and those are the ones I like to try and crack.


Unanswered - From the "middle" of the pack. All in the toil of that Necromancer badge.

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    I would just go backward through the tag list, that's how I got both of mine. Jul 22, 2009 at 15:29
  • Now that sounds a tad noiseless
    – random
    Jul 22, 2009 at 15:42
  • Yeah, necro is a fun one. I've only managed one so far. Look for old questions with lots of votes and less than 10 answers if you can. Of course you also need to be able to add something of value to the thread...
    – womp
    Aug 29, 2009 at 0:12

Unanswered + my preferred tags, sorted by newest

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