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See the recent, views, newest and votes sort buttons on the profile pages:

Shog9:

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Joel Coehoorn:

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Jeff Atwood:

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This can also be repro'd on other Trilogy sites. In fact, even Mr. Skeet is not immune.

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http://i.imgur.com/f057e.png <- Happens on Answers as well, though much rarer since those are arranged in groups of 30 compared to 10 for answers. Snapshot comes from Kyle Cronin, and you can check Welbog to see that it also happens for 2. –  Grace Note Jun 28 '10 at 21:44
    
Took a while but I finally found someone with 93 answers, Rosinante, and that still has the sorting. So it's exactly the same as with questions - sort controls disappear with 1 or 2 on the last page. –  Grace Note Jun 28 '10 at 21:54
    
Wow, that's bizarre. Must be a common paging algorithm or something. @Gra –  Jon Seigel Jun 28 '10 at 22:39
    
They also don't appear for users that have < 3 questions/answers in total. I'm betting on a web service trying to remove cruft for users with a trivial # of posts, and not taking the page # into account... –  Shog9 Jan 17 '11 at 1:44
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@Grace, can I assume you uploaded http://imgur.com/Djxbl.png yourself, without the Stack Exchange pro account? (So, without the button in the editor?) If not, then please see Is imgur losing images? –  Arjan Jan 17 '11 at 1:45
    
@Arjan The Stack Exchange account didn't exist at the time this bug report was made, so yes, I uploaded it myself. I can reupload it later today. –  Grace Note Jan 17 '11 at 11:12
    
(I have a screencapture of answers in my post as well, so no worries, @Grace.) –  Arjan Jan 17 '11 at 11:51
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up vote 4 down vote accepted

This will be fixed in the next build, it was a counting error.

We intentionally hide the controls when there are very few questions/answers, there's no need to sort 2 or fewer items we feel (we trust most users are smart cookies!).

However, it was using the page count rather than the total count when determining this...in the next build (today or tonight) this will be fixed.

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Like noted in the comments, this indeed also applies to answers. Like right now:

No sort buttons on last page for 32 items

Also when there is just 2 items in total, but that is hardly an issue:

No sort buttons when only 2 items in total

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