Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 158 Stack Exchange communities.

What is meta?
Here's how it works:
  1. Any Stack Exchange user can ask a question
  2. The community provides support, votes on ideas, and reports bugs
  3. Your voice helps shape the way Stack Exchange operates

It seems like when I ask a question and refresh the page, then answers of the same rank can appear in any order, and they often do. Is this behavior well defined?

Since I am not yet at the reputation required to see up and down votes, I am curious if answers that were only up-voted are given a higher priority than ones that were both up and down voted? Or maybe ordered by the answerer's reputation? Or their total number of accepted answers? Or anything at all?

share|improve this question
up vote 6 down vote accepted

If they have the same net score, and you are ordering by score then the sub-sort is defined: as intentionally random.

share|improve this answer
Then it appears to be working perfectly as defined. Is there no extra criterion that could improve this randomness? Can I order by something other than score? – Jimmy Aug 9 '11 at 6:49
@Jimmy sure; there are three tabs between the question and answer; "active" | "oldest" | "votes".. If you mean "as a sub-sort", then by design: no – Marc Gravell Aug 9 '11 at 6:56

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .