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How does accepting an answer work?

I have the following question: Display Alternative Content for Users with AdBlockers. I've posted my own solution after a while and accepted it.

The expected behavior is that even though it doesn't have the highest vote count, it's on top of the list since it's accepted and should be correct, (like it does on normally accepted answers), but if the accepted answer is my own (a.k.a. OP), it doesn't move to the top of the list, staying somewhere near the bottom with the lower voted answers.

Why is that so? Is it a bug or is it by design?

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marked as duplicate by lunboks, Time Traveling Bobby, ChrisF, Yannis, alex Apr 6 '12 at 12:35

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duplicate of Accepted answer subject to random sorting –  gnat Mar 18 at 13:31

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up vote 7 down vote accepted

This is by design.

Some users will accept their own answers to get the experience. To prevent gaming the system, self-accepts:

  • don't float to the top
  • don't award you 15 xp reputation for getting accepted
  • don't award you 2 reputation for accepting an answer

Answer adapted from an answer on Meta Programmers.SE

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Thank you. Good answer. –  Second Rikudo Apr 6 '12 at 12:45
    
It seems like you should get at least a little bit of reputation for answering you own question, as long as it isn't deleted/closed. –  SuperScript Dec 17 '13 at 19:32

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