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Our buddy "Alex", the OP, seems that have left the building. Four years ago. I don't think he'll be back to accept an answer.

A handful of the answers show a lot of thought and have utility. The gents who took the time to answer don't necessarily need the rep from an accepted answer, but marking one of the questions as "accepted" might benefit a third party looking with the same question.

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    Answers, by default, are sorted by vote, equal-vote answers are ordered randomly. Commented Mar 8, 2013 at 15:13
  • Though note that by clicking the "active" or "oldest" tabs, you can change the answer ordering Commented Mar 8, 2013 at 15:14
  • There is no sorting option that sorts answers in totally random order. Commented Mar 8, 2013 at 15:15
  • FWIW: if we wanted to reopen the discussion about auto-awarding accepts, I think we should consider awarding the accept to the winner of a death-match melee between all the answerers. Commented Mar 8, 2013 at 15:47
  • Ah--I see now that I've been sorting by "active" tab. Nevermind... Commented Mar 8, 2013 at 15:49
  • So...do I flag this to be closed, or just delete it? Commented Mar 8, 2013 at 15:50

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Your feature request is already implemented.

The default sorting for answers is by vote (descending). Only answers with equal votes are then locally listed in random order.

So a question with answers with scores 15, 10, 10 and 8 lists the answer with score 15 first, the two answers with score 10 in random order, then the answer with score 8.

There is no answer sorting order that is completely random. The 'active' and 'older' ordering simply sort on posting and last-active dates.

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