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How are answers sorted?

On default sort by votes tab, how are answers with same votes sorted?

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marked as duplicate by Yannis, Adam Lear Apr 2 '12 at 20:56

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Randomly, unless there's…

  • … an accepted answer. The accepted answer by someone other than the asker will be at the top.

  • … more than one page of answers. In that case, they're sorted by both votes and creation date (i.e., older posts will be above newer posts with the same score).

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I thought there was a time component to it? – agf Apr 2 '12 at 20:49
@agf I don't think there is, unless there are at least 2 pages of answers. Not sure why this is, but an answer "sliding" between pages randomly probably caused some issues. – a cat Apr 2 '12 at 20:54
Indeed, randomization caused issues when pagination kicked in. – Arjan Apr 2 '12 at 21:00

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