I was wondering if there is a way to filter questions on waiting time, i.e. searching for the oldest non-answered questions. Is there an open database on Math SE which can be analyzed to get this kind of data?

  • $\begingroup$ The Stack Exchange Data Explorer may be of interest. $\endgroup$ – user642796 Sep 15 '14 at 7:33
  • $\begingroup$ ah wow! thanks! $\endgroup$ – marco trevi Sep 15 '14 at 7:34
  • $\begingroup$ If you want to find the oldest unanswered questions, you can simply view unanswered questions, sort them by newest and go to the last page: math.stackexchange.com/unanswered/tagged/?tab=newest $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Sep 15 '14 at 9:01
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    $\begingroup$ Could you please clarify your question. The title is average waiting time, which suggests that you want to somehow calculate for how long a question remains unanswered. In the body of the question you ask how to find oldest unanswered questions. Those are two different questions. $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Sep 15 '14 at 9:02
  • $\begingroup$ @MartinSleziak you are right. I edited the title to extend the question to a broader class of queries. $\endgroup$ – marco trevi Sep 15 '14 at 10:16
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    $\begingroup$ Are you trying to look into how long questions take to get answered, or are you trying to look for what questions have been waiting the longest and are still waiting for an answer? $\endgroup$ – Grace Note Sep 16 '14 at 12:58
  • $\begingroup$ Both would be interesting. Arthur Fischer actually answered my question in the first comment, should I upgrade the comment to an answer? $\endgroup$ – marco trevi Sep 16 '14 at 13:04
  • $\begingroup$ I'd suggest that @Arthur should assume that honor, yeh. $\endgroup$ – Grace Note Sep 16 '14 at 13:12
  • $\begingroup$ Some related statistics: meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/12131/… $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Sep 17 '14 at 16:00

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  • $\begingroup$ I don't get the oddity. $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Sep 16 '14 at 14:01
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    $\begingroup$ @AsafKaragila It's an answer with a tag, according to the database. An odd thing indeed, as if the request About extending the tag system to answers, too was implemented. The tag does not show up on the site, since the page-building scripts take only pieces they need from the database. $\endgroup$ – user147263 Sep 16 '14 at 14:05
  • $\begingroup$ @Thursday: Ah. That's as odd as putting 2 lumps of sugar in your beer (and who said that 2 is not an odd number? [of lumps of sugar in your beer])... $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Sep 16 '14 at 14:10

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