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I answered one of my questions (see http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1646801/how-can-i-use-microsoft-words-spelling-grammar-checker-programmatically) and accepted it but it randomly appears first or second (out of two answers).

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up vote 6 down vote accepted

by design.

accepting your own answer confers no sorting benefits. See this and other rules:

http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2009/01/accept-your-own-answers/

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ah, maybe this explains the recent spate of wonky sorting i've been witnessing on SU (and meta too, it seems). as a random reader (neither the question poster nor an answer poster), i've been very confused about why an accepted answer isn't at the top of a by-vote-sorted list of answers. i haven't checked that all the observed cases are indeed answered-by-questioner, so maybe that's it. but as an exception to the general sorting rule for accepted answers, it just makes me think that something's broken. –  quack quixote Nov 18 '09 at 19:26
    
sorry, this is by design –  Jeff Atwood Nov 19 '09 at 1:10
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