In the weekly hottest answers list I am unable to find the answer of @Dennis Cheung which was given on Jun 4 at 5:22 and at the moment has 99 upvotes. However the answer by @Baadshah given on Jun 4 at 5:21 having 41 upvotes is listed as the hottest weekly answer.

Where is the Dennis's answer? Is it lost somewhere in cache?

  • It now has 100 upvotes :) – hjpotter92 Jun 7 '13 at 8:32
  • I find it strange that sometimes questions which have been asked before multiple times, get so much attention (and so many votes). – Felix Jun 7 '13 at 8:41
  • @Felix Yeah, that is true. I also can't understand why this question is sooo popular. I looks like exactly at 5 o'clock in the morning by UTC all the people rushed to upvote exactly this question, besides it was already answered many times, and almost every JS developer knows about indexOf method. – VisioN Jun 7 '13 at 8:50

The answer is too short. From the bottom of the hottest answers page:

Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible

Emphasis mine.

Cheung's answer uses fewer that 50 characters, vs. Baadshah's answer which uses more than 250 characters. Somewhere between those two figures lies the threshold.

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    or maybe because Baadshah's reply has a lot of jQuery? – hjpotter92 Jun 7 '13 at 8:33
  • @hjpotter92: yeah, that must be it.. – Martijn Pieters Jun 7 '13 at 8:36
  • Hm... but how come the hottesty of the answer can be measured by its length? That's weird. – VisioN Jun 7 '13 at 8:41
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    Presumably to encourage answers with a bit more substance to them. You often see one-liners be voted up rapidly because they are easier to read... – Martijn Pieters Jun 7 '13 at 8:43
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    @VisioN min-length requirement is to offset The Trouble With Popularity, when any idiot posting funny picture has their chance to get a fat portion of populist upvotes – gnat Jun 7 '13 at 10:46

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