I'm relatively new to Stack Overflow, but I've noticed one interesting element to the way the UI works.
Often, the earliest answer that is somewhat correct begins to be voted up by the community on frequently viewed questions. Later answers don't receive as much scrutiny because they fall below the fold and further down the users's scan path. It seems that the earliest questions gain momentum as reviewers can see the ranking and tend to push already moving answers up in the list.
This behavior may be corrected by the questioner selecting an answer, but I'm curious if there are any ideas for better ways to arrange the voting UI so that a couple of quick, partial answers don't push down a better answer, preventing it from ever climbing to the top of the list.
Thanks for your thoughts.