I'm fairly certain the "only show projects having files" filter was available, in years past...
user is expected to know what constitutes "alpha" vs "planning" vs various statuses
What is a "alpha" project?
What is a "planning" project?
An "inactive" project may have fallen into that status after having previously reached "mature" status. The project may have interesting files associated with it... yet it is suppressed from the search results if I elect to apply the "status" filter.
(As explained in a separate ticket) the current search is ineffectual at fleshing out "what's new", because the "Last Updated" indicator is (?) wonky... AND is ineffectual at fleshing out potentially interesting (to me) projects WITH files... AND the per-project categorization/tagging is hit-n-miss... so, yeah, LOTS of room for improvement (please).