How do you get to a list of recently closed questions longer than what you can get by going to tools/close and expanding the recently closed list there? There is fixed number which show and no way, AFAIS, to show more.

Why do I care? For housekeeping. 10K users cannot vote to delete questions until two days after closing. We get so many trash questions on MO that the two day old closed questions are pushed off the Recently Closed page.

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    $\begingroup$ Bill, you can bookmark the following link: mathoverflow.net/search?tab=newest&q=closed%3ayes $\endgroup$
    – Kaveh
    Jun 27, 2013 at 15:57
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, that looks like the best way. Thanks, Kaveh. $\endgroup$ Jun 27, 2013 at 17:55
  • $\begingroup$ @BillJohnson (off-topic) if you find yourself about to delete a closed question which is by that pseudonymous ultrapower person, could you please let me know, e.g. by email? (Feel free to email me if you want more information on my motives.) $\endgroup$
    – Yemon Choi
    Jun 27, 2013 at 19:16
  • $\begingroup$ Sure, Yemon; will do. $\endgroup$ Jun 27, 2013 at 20:45

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Search closed:1 and sort by newest. See the "advanced search tips" sidebar on the search page for more such search operators.

10k users can see recently closed posts and posts with pending close votes on /tools?tab=close

Also, note that most bad, closed posts get autodeleted

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, but why is it so complicated? Why is there no link to the search page? It is not very intuitive to click on a blank box to get to it. Finally, the language that the Advanced Search Tips are written in is for me more difficult than Latin and only slightly easier than Greek. $\endgroup$ Jun 27, 2013 at 14:23
  • $\begingroup$ @BillJohnson see edit. Also, this is something you rarely need to do. $\endgroup$ Jun 27, 2013 at 14:27
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    $\begingroup$ On the contrary, I need to do it almost every day. $\endgroup$ Jun 27, 2013 at 14:29
  • $\begingroup$ @BillJohnson Care to specify why? (do so in your question itself, makes it more prominent) $\endgroup$ Jun 27, 2013 at 14:36
  • $\begingroup$ Manishearth: I also do it every day, I guess, for the same reason I regularly take out trash in my house, etc. $\endgroup$
    – Misha
    Jun 27, 2013 at 17:08
  • $\begingroup$ @Misha Hmm? But these are recently closed questions (or are you looking for questions that may need improvement and reopening?). Not questions yet-to-be-closed. $\endgroup$ Jun 27, 2013 at 18:19
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    $\begingroup$ @Manishearth: These are potentially questions to be deleted (because of extremely low quality). Leaving these on the site pollutes MO. $\endgroup$
    – user6976
    Jun 27, 2013 at 18:31
  • $\begingroup$ @MarkSapir Oh, downvoted closed questions get autodeleted in 9 days now. :) $\endgroup$ Jun 27, 2013 at 18:40
  • $\begingroup$ @Mark See meta.stackexchange.com/a/177675/178438 $\endgroup$ Jun 27, 2013 at 18:43
  • $\begingroup$ @Misha see above comment, closed,downvoted, unanswered posts get autodeleted. $\endgroup$ Jun 27, 2013 at 18:44
  • $\begingroup$ Getting autodeletion is an improvement. $\endgroup$ Jun 27, 2013 at 19:23
  • $\begingroup$ @Manishearth: Good to know, such autodeletion is a new thing comparing to the old MO. $\endgroup$
    – Misha
    Jun 27, 2013 at 20:20
  • $\begingroup$ "No accepted answer" as grounds for autodelete? This is prone to abuse... $\endgroup$ Jun 27, 2013 at 21:25
  • $\begingroup$ @darijgrinberg Meh, the ones who post closed questions won't know the intricacies. And remember that most really-bad-should-be-deleted posts don't get answers at all. You can still go through the list of closes, just that you don't need to do it every day. $\endgroup$ Jun 27, 2013 at 21:48

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