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On the users profile page it lists their answers to questions as gray or green if they are the accepted answer. I think if they are not the accepted answer but are the highest scored answer to the question they should come up as a different color, orange maybe. This would indicate that although the asker didn't think it was the best answer, the community did.

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You are left with the question of what to do for highest voted and accepted questions. –  dmckee Aug 30 '10 at 17:26
    
@dmckee It would just default to green, in my opinion (or orange depending on what the general consensus of which one has more value). –  JD Isaacks Aug 30 '10 at 17:30
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Alternatively, it could display something like "#1 of 5" or "#3 of 10" to indicate the answer's rank for that question.

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+1 I like that! –  JD Isaacks Aug 30 '10 at 16:52
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Clearly the compromise is to have shades of orange that represent the answer's position in relation to the other answers. Note: I will now be referring to a post's score as its orangeness –  Michael Mrozek Aug 30 '10 at 18:31
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I have the most orangest answer to this question. W00t! –  user27414 Aug 30 '10 at 18:33
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One of the things I like about the design of SO is that the design looks clean; even though, there's a lot of information presented.

I think a new color / rank, would not add much information, and it would sully the design. The absolute number of votes is generally a good indication of the quality / popularity of the answer. There's no need for the added nuance of relative rank.

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A great answer in a popular category will get many more votes than an equally great answer in a less popular category. So I don't think the number of votes alone tell the whole story. –  JD Isaacks Aug 30 '10 at 17:02
    
Also thats why I said orange, because there are already a lot of orange in the theme, so I don't think it would make it any less clean than having some gray and some green. –  JD Isaacks Aug 30 '10 at 17:04
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@John - It's definitely a judgement call either way. I can understand where you're coming from, but I personally don't think the added information would be valuable. –  Peter Ajtai Aug 30 '10 at 17:09
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Would this help the general body of users, or would it just serve to give individuals another way to keep score? I don't go to profile pages to see what other questions someone answered well as a matter of course, although I do look at mine to feed my ego from time to time. But I might be atypical.

If the idea is purely to give us more info about ourselves, eh, can't say it seems necessary. If looking for top-ranked answers is something people do often on someone else's profile, then it might be handy.

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If you were looking at a prospective new hire's profile to evaluate them. It could be beneficial. –  JD Isaacks Aug 30 '10 at 17:29
    
@John - If you're using answer rank as a metric for the hiring of employees, I hope it's for a marketing or PR job and not a programming job. –  Peter Ajtai Aug 30 '10 at 17:59
    
@Peter - That might be a good point, I was just trying to think of a reason why it would be beneficial to others. I am sure there are other reasons, that was just the first to pop in my head. –  JD Isaacks Aug 30 '10 at 18:34
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