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I noticed that comments are differently ordered if there are tons of comments.

What is the ordering? Is it just by upvote?

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Comments are always sorted chronologically, however if there's more than a certain amount, then some of the less upvoted comments are hidden and can be revealed using a "Add / show x more comments" link.

FHC FTW

Also, remember that comments from this year don't show a date. To see the full time any comment was posted, hover over the date and a tooltip will show the full date and time.

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As an example, look at the meme question which always has lots of comments. –  The Unhandled Exception Oct 24 '11 at 16:59
    
yeah so looks like its ordered by date and then votes. –  codecompleting Oct 24 '11 at 18:04
    
No, it's ordered by date only. –  The Unhandled Exception Oct 24 '11 at 18:32
    
but as you can see in popular questions, it only shows ones with high upvotes unless you view all. –  codecompleting Oct 26 '11 at 20:05
    
@codecompleting, exatly. That's why I said "however if there's more than a certain amount, then some of the less upvoted comments are hidden and can be revealed using a 'Add / show x more comments' " and posted a freehand circle showing you how to see all the comments. They're always ordered the same way, it's just that by default only a certain number are shown and if there's too many, ones with less upvotes are hidden. They're not ordered by votes, if they were then the ones with the most votes would be at the top. –  The Unhandled Exception Oct 26 '11 at 20:12

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