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I'd like to browse through the best answers from a site, for example from ServerFault.

I'm sure they would contain great information but I can't find a way to access just the top answers (regardless of the question)

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Keep in mind that there isn't necessarily a direct correlation between "top-voted" answers and "best" answers. (Depending on how one subjectively defines "best") A lot of answers have tons of up-votes because they've been around for years and have been stumbled across via Google many times. A quick little answer (or several of the same quick little answer) on a commonly-viewed question will dramatically out-rank a fantastic answer on a less popular question. –  David Jan 12 '12 at 19:28

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If you want just the answers, you can set up a search using is:answer:

http://stackoverflow.com/search?tab=votes&q=is%3aanswer

This will give you all answers on the site, sorted in the descending order by votes. So, the top-voted (and theoretically "best") answers will be shown first regardless of the question.

See more search options here. This will work on any site, just replace "stackoverflow.com" with the relevant domain.

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Wow I did not know this... thanks for the link for search options. –  Gabe Jan 12 '12 at 19:28

Go to any SE website. Press the Questions tab, then press the votes tab. This shows a list of all questions with the highest amount of votes (and with this comes, in most cases, the best answers). As shown below:

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I want the top rated Answers not the top rated Questions –  ckliborn Jan 12 '12 at 19:53
    
@ckliborn and I explained that you could find some of the best rated answers in the best rated questions in my answer... –  Gabe Jan 12 '12 at 20:03
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+1 for freehand circles –  The Unhandled Exception Jan 12 '12 at 20:14
    
-1 For an irrelevant answer... –  JNK Jan 12 '12 at 20:18
    
@JNK'sMetAccount it was not irrelevant, it was a method of finding out what the asker wanted. My method wasn't as efficient as the... other answer but it still works somewhat –  Gabe Jan 12 '12 at 20:20
    
There is kind of sort of a link between high voted questions and high voted answers, but not strong enough to validate checking all the high-voted questions for high-voted answers. The highest-voted answer is in the 8th highest question, and the #3 answer is on a question that's not even in the top 100.... –  JNK Jan 12 '12 at 20:27

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