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In a recent podcast, Joel complained about how people weren't upvoting questions often, so even well-answered questions didn't rise to the top of searches sometimes.

Would it help to implement a sort that sorts search results by the sum of the votes of the top N answers? This would help excavate the useful answers to dumb/badly worded/boring questions.

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Good answers and good questions can be completely independent. One does not have to infer the other. – Ian Elliott Jul 28 '09 at 15:04

This is a factor in the hotness calculation.

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So maybe we could address the problem by allowing search results to be ordered by hotness. – Jim Jan 13 '10 at 14:54

Maybe there should be a total thread votes number, in which everything is added. Then you would be able to sort threads by their accumulated votes in the question + N answers.

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