# default search for “unanswered questions”

I like to answer questions in my areas of interest. Just this week I learned that the "unanswered" really means "no answer selected" not "no answers at all". I now go into the filters and have found lots of new and relevant stuff to contributed.

Questions:

• Why is the default set to "no answers selected"?
• If we wanted more answers to totally unanswered questions, why not change the search default?
• We at stats.SE don't have control over how the SE software works. You could raise the issue on meta.SE, though. In the meantime, the search syntax supports filtering to different criteria. I believe you want answers:0. – Sycorax Jan 5 at 17:07
• For this purpose I often use something like <specific terms> answers:0 closed:no duplicate:no. See stats.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/5549/…. This Meta post is of interest – kjetil b halvorsen Jan 5 at 17:26
• I hate to ask this, but could you bump this question over to the appropriate matter forum? I’m probably asking it in the wrong spot again. – EngrStudent Jan 6 at 1:04
• If you mean Meta, then I guess it would promptly be closed as dup. Doesn't my link in the other comment suffice? – kjetil b halvorsen Jan 6 at 2:43
• The answers are about how. I know how. I found out. The question isn’t about how. Question is twofold: why, and a suggestion of changing the default to get many more answers to unanswered questions. – EngrStudent Jan 6 at 10:10