In a recent podcast, Joel complained about how people weren't upvoting questions often, so even well-answered questions didn't rise to the top of searches sometimes.

Would it help to implement a sort that sorts search results by the sum of the votes of the top N answers? This would help excavate the useful answers to dumb/badly worded/boring questions.

  • Good answers and good questions can be completely independent. One does not have to infer the other. Jul 28, 2009 at 15:04

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This is a factor in the hotness calculation.

  • So maybe we could address the problem by allowing search results to be ordered by hotness.
    – Jim
    Jan 13, 2010 at 14:54

Maybe there should be a total thread votes number, in which everything is added. Then you would be able to sort threads by their accumulated votes in the question + N answers.

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