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If one clicks on "Unanswered" as shown in the figure below

Unanswered

one gets a list of questions with no upvoted or accepted answers. But questions with only downvoted answers don't appear in this list. Can anyone explain why?

The curious fact is that, if one clicks on "Questions" and then on "unanswered" as shown in the images, then questions with only downvoted answers appear in the list. I wonder which is the reason of this discrepancy.

Questions

unanswered

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  • Have you tried if this happens on other SE sites as well? I suspect it's not a prerogative of italian.SE. – martina Jan 25 '15 at 13:31
  • @martina: I've observed the same behaviour on French.SE. – Charo Jan 25 '15 at 18:20
  • @martina: I think that the problem is that questions which are in the second list but not in the first one remain unperceived and thus unanswered for a long time. – Charo Feb 1 '15 at 9:27
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You have stumbled upon a hilarious and weird quirk of the Stack Exchange engine.

One of those tabs shows questions that have no answers at all. The other shows questions that have no upvoted answers.

This has been confounding people since the dawn of time.

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  • In both lists one finds questions with answers, but the questions with downvoted answers appear only in one of these two lists. – Charo Jan 29 '15 at 5:47
  • The problem is that questions which are in the second list but not in the first one remain unperceived and thus unanswered for a long time. – Charo Feb 1 '15 at 9:25

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