Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 158 Stack Exchange communities.

What is meta?
Here's how it works:
  1. Any Stack Exchange user can ask a question
  2. The community provides support, votes on ideas, and reports bugs
  3. Your voice helps shape the way Stack Exchange operates

There should be some ordering. And I just checked, it is not according to the time the answer was given.

What is the ordering?

share|improve this question
up vote 5 down vote accepted

Answers with the same vote total are put in random order unless there are more than 30 answers, in which case the order is net votes then oldest to newest.

See How to give some boost to some really good answers that arrive late?:

We now sort answers of the same score, randomly, per this suggestion.

in response to the Fastest Gun in the West "problem" (I say that because I don't think it's a problem at all.

The change caused a problem with questions that had more than one page of answers. See Random sort order results in answers being “lost” as the user changes to a different page:

When there are more than (pagination limit) answers, the randomization sub-order is removed.

This has been one of SO's more controversial changes and (imho) not a positive one.

share|improve this answer

The ordering of answers with the same score is random when ordering by votes:

We now sort answers of the same score, randomly, per this suggestion.

share|improve this answer
okay, excellent! – Lazer Nov 2 '09 at 5:50

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .