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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?

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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.

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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

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