Clicking the "Unanswered" link in the top-level navigation menu:

The "Unanswered" link in the top-level navigation menu

…shows questions that have no answers at all, whereas clicking "Questions", then selecting "unanswered" in the second-level navigation menu:

The "unanswered" link in the second-level navigation menu

…shows questions which have no accepted answer.

Why should two links that are apparently intended to list unanswered questions show different results? I almost always forget which link does what.

Surely they should be labelled differently if their behaviour is different?

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    The naming mix up is unfortunate, but they are clearly different tab levels. Honestly I'm not sure why the secondary Unanswered tab exists under Questions though...it's basically the same content as the top level Unanswered tab without the sorting options.
    – Ben Brocka
    Mar 20, 2012 at 14:03

1 Answer 1


This is by design.

The original meaning of "unanswered" was:

Questions that have no upvoted answer.

Some people thought that this was misleading so the ability to find truly unanswered questions was added.

I agree that the nomenclature is ambiguous, but I think it's a bit late to change now - unless you can come up with a really good name.

  • is there a reason we have the unanswered subtab of questions? It seems unnecessary with the top level Unanswered tab
    – Ben Brocka
    Mar 20, 2012 at 14:21
  • @Ben You'd have to raise that with an employee :)
    – ChrisF
    Mar 20, 2012 at 14:41

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