When you are on Questions tab and click on "votes" tab you will see questions sorted by upvote. Is there any way to do other way round. I know no one want to see questions which are downvoted but there is no harm in looking at them(or stack overflow having a feature to view them in reverse order of voting) and try to understand why would questions be down voted.

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    They are not sorted by upvote. They are sorted by score (upvotes - downvotes). A question with 10 upvotes and 3 downvotes will be sorted below a question with only 8 upvotes (7 < 8). – Martijn Pieters Dec 11 '12 at 20:46
  • I see. Didnt know that. Thanks. – Srujan Kumar Gulla Dec 11 '12 at 20:47
  • I actually made a feature-request yesterday to allow us to sort meta answers by upvote only, since voting can be different on meta and is often used to show agreement/disagreement instead of good/bad answer, so sometimes the best answers get hidden below answers which aren't as good simply due to users disagreeing with them – Rachel Dec 11 '12 at 20:53

If you sort by score (which is what "votes" actually means) and then go to the end of the list you'll see the posts with the most negative scores.

These do tend to be the most heavily down-voted posts though.

  • How do you sort by score instead of votes? I only have Active, Oldest, and Votes as my sorting options. Perhaps it's some moderator-only ability? – Rachel Dec 11 '12 at 20:55
  • @Rachel - "votes" is actually "net votes" (i.e score). I was just picking up what was said in the comments. Edited post – ChrisF Dec 11 '12 at 20:56
  • Thanks for clarifying, I was confused because Data.SE shows a field called Score for every post which is not the same as simply upvotes - downvotes :) – Rachel Dec 11 '12 at 20:57
  • @Rachel - score should be the same as upvotes - downvotes. What makes you think it isn't? Don't forget data.se isn't live data. – ChrisF Dec 11 '12 at 21:02
  • Oops I think you're right. I'm probably mixing it up with the custom SE algorithm which determines whats a "hot" question, which I believe takes into account things like views, votes, the reputation of those who posted answers, etc – Rachel Dec 11 '12 at 21:06

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