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I am looking to use search to see whether many downvoted answers with negative score still remain undeleted, or not. What search entry should I use to get a list of all answers ever posted on IPS, arranged by votes? I need to exclude all questions and deleted answers. I would prefer a search that also allows me to read the actual negative-score answers that remain undeleted, rather than statistics alone. Please also try to link to standard resources on how to use such very specific searches on Stack Exchange.

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  • Have you heard of specific queries? SE offers a way to look for numbers, you need to set up your own query to access databases – OldPadawan Apr 5 '18 at 14:29
  • Thanks for the information @OldPadawan. How to construct the query? Note: I don't know anything about writing software. Also, I would prefer a search that also allows me to read the actual negative-score answers that remain undeleted, rather than statistics alone. – English Student Apr 5 '18 at 14:35
  • It's really unnecessary to use SEDE for this. – Catija Apr 5 '18 at 14:40
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Most of the basic search help is easily accessible in the advanced search tips bar when you're on the search page:

Advanced Search Help bar

There's more detailed help on the search help page.

For your specific interest, you'll want something like:

is:answer score:-100...-1

And then click on the "votes" sort order to get this.

You can't see deleted answers, other than your own (if you have 2K+ reputation), but they only come up when you specifically search for them. The query will default to active posts only unless you specify deleted ones.

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  • Thanks a lot for the prompt and helpful answer @Catija. – English Student Apr 5 '18 at 14:41
  • I'd like to correct you on one thing. It requires 2k to view deleted posts regardless of type. ;-P – A J Apr 5 '18 at 14:51

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