# What is considered an "unanswered question" in Stack Exchange?

I noted the discussion recently about the high proportion of unanswered questions here on CV and decided to try to answer some. So, I clicked on the "Unanswered" button but, rather than start at the top, I decided to start at the end. And, lo and behold, on page 997 of the unanswered questions, we have a lot of questions with answers. For instance (just to pick one) there is this question.

Is this a bug or am I misunderstanding something?

• For what it's worth, I find it helpful to search for unanswered questions using this query in the site search: score:0..0 answers:0 [TAG OF INTEREST] closed:no. Open questions with 0 score and 0 answers are either (1) good but unrecognized & deserving of an answer (2) too vague or too broad to be answerable or (3) duplicates of existing questions.
– Sycorax Mod
Jul 14 '18 at 20:05
• @Sycorax I often use answers:0 but mostly I don't restrict the score (if it has positive score but 0 answers it probably needs an answer -- while high scores may indicate a question that's difficult to answer for some reason, if you don't sort by score that's usually not a big issue. On the other hand, if it has a negative score it may need some kind of action - a comment or a vote to close for example) Jul 14 '18 at 20:41
• FAQ: Why does the “Unanswered Questions” tab show questions that have answers?: "The Unanswered Questions tab shows questions that have no answers with a positive score nor an accepted answer. (That includes questions with no answers at all.)".
– Rob
Jul 15 '18 at 21:20
• @Rob (+1) I edited this link into my answer below. Jul 16 '18 at 12:20