Is possible to search for questions and sort them by the votes of the most voted answer (not the question)?

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    Yeeeeeeeep: data.stackexchange.com/stackoverflow/query/60367/…
    – Matt
    Feb 1, 2012 at 14:06
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    Thanks Matt, I will try to modify it for matching a tag or string too. I think this should be available in StackOverflow directly, there are really good answer that are even better than many tutorials. So maybe you don't have a question, or you are not searching for a problem, you just want to learn! and read a good tutorial. Searching the most voted answers for some topic will give us a list of really good "tutorials" or "must read" things.
    – Enrique
    Feb 1, 2012 at 14:36
  • \@Enrique: To be honest, you should find, for the majority of cases at least, that high votes answers will be inside high voted questions.
    – Matt
    Feb 1, 2012 at 14:37
  • Yes, there's a relation, but not as straight, take this example: stackoverflow.com/questions/1260134/… Question: 51, Answer: 152 (that answer was the motivation for requesting this feature) Take this: stackoverflow.com/questions/409286/datetime-vs-timestamp Question: 232, Answer: 141.
    – Enrique
    Feb 1, 2012 at 14:56
  • @Matt There are a few exceptions though. I just wrote this query: Low score questions with a high score answer. These are pretty good! Feb 1, 2012 at 15:02
  • @enrique any luck with that?
    – mplungjan
    Nov 24, 2012 at 8:58

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If I understand your question correctly, one way to do it would be to add is:answer to the front of your search, then click on the "votes" tab to order by votes.

For example, to search for the highest voted answers concerning "garbage", you could do this:

is:answer garbage

Then click the "votes" tab on the search results page.

(FYI: according to the above search, Eric Lippert has the highest voted garbage answer on SO =P)

  • yes !! thanks @jadarnel27, that was exactly what I was looking for :D
    – Enrique
    Feb 1, 2012 at 15:01
  • @Enrique Glad I could help! Feb 1, 2012 at 15:07
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    That answer probably shows up as highest-voted for a lot of keywords ;) Feb 1, 2012 at 18:13
  • @JoelCoehoorn Haha, good point. I just thought "garbage" was the funniest (although "explosion" and "football" were a close second and third). Feb 1, 2012 at 19:21

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