Often times I just browse through some of the questions on MSE, and I've noticed that many of the questions posed by lower-rep users (for example, <500) don't show as much effort, aren't as interesting, etc. I found this question which gives some direction in ordering recent questions by their votes, but with the activity on the site, there may still be interesting questions with only 2 or 3 votes (or fewer), and I don't have the stamina or interest to go through as many pages as might be necessary. I generally peruse the questions at a leisurely pace, sometimes going through two pages, typically just the few that appear on my screen.

Ideally, an effective way to read some questions of interested/active users would be able to sort out the questions posed by users with at least $x$ reputation. Is there a way to achieve this?

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    $\begingroup$ There are better proxies for "might be a nontrivial question" than reputation. The one I use is "no answer after 2 days", which is supported by site search: created:2d answers:0 closed:0. Also filtering by tags (intags:mine) and ordering the results by votes. Works pretty well. $\endgroup$
    – user147263
    Sep 23, 2015 at 10:56
  • $\begingroup$ @NormalHuman: I definitely agree that is an alternative way to filter; better is just a matter of opinion, though. Sometimes I just like to see questions posed by users with a reputation as high as yourself (for example) because I feel like they must be better since someone (much) more knowledgeable than me is asking them (said only partially sarcastically). I respect most, if not all, of the high-rep users and like to know some of the things they think about :) in addition, I would rather help someone genuinely seeking help, and filtering this way can curb most of the "junk" one sees. $\endgroup$
    – Clayton
    Sep 23, 2015 at 14:48
  • $\begingroup$ If you are using Chrome or Safari, this may help: Filter SE questions by votes, views and rep. I hope to eventually write my own, adding rep:... parameter to search, but not today. $\endgroup$
    – user147263
    Sep 24, 2015 at 5:13
  • $\begingroup$ Just to throw this out there: I wrote my best question when I was new to the site and had very little rep. (In fact, I think it was the reason why I joined the site!) Just be careful for what you wish for. $\endgroup$
    – Ron Gordon
    Sep 24, 2015 at 13:43
  • $\begingroup$ See also: meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/12046/… $\endgroup$ Nov 4, 2015 at 6:31
  • $\begingroup$ meta.SE: Can we filter questions by reputation $\endgroup$ Nov 4, 2015 at 7:02

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There's nothing in the site search capabilities that would allow this, although the Stack Exchange Data Explorer (SEDE) would allow you to create a query to achieve this goal. The only caveat here is that the data in the SEDE is only updated once every week (Sundays at about 03:00 UTC), and so what the query retrieves may not accurately represent the current state of the site.


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