I like to search for questions that aren't closed, that has at least one answer but which doesn't have an accepted or upvoted answer, so that I can surface hidden gems that deserve votes.

closed:no answers:1 isanswered:0 

However, the last time I performed this search, one of the questions returned was this one:


This question is not only closed, but its only answer has been deleted and shouldn't be counted anyway. That's not what I want.

I've been using this same search for well over a year and never had anything else happen like that.


  • am I crazy and just never noticed? If so, what's the search I really want?
  • have the actions of one or more search operators changed recently?
  • is there a bug in one or more of the search operators, or specifically with this combo?

This seems to still be in play. Searching for [google-checkout] closed:0 returns this question, which, if you look, has been closed since December, 2015. A search on [google-checkout] closed:1 returns four questions (all closed today).

What's the deal?

  • I'm thinking this will get more (and the right) eyes on it at MSE, but I will leave it up to you if you want to go that route.
    – jonsca
    Commented Sep 23, 2016 at 22:24
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    Supposedly the Stack Exchange team monitors bugs and feature requests on all of the per-site metas.
    – ale
    Commented Sep 24, 2016 at 13:15

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This would appear to have been fixed as a result of the work being done on Elastic Search, which includes re-indexing.

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