In this question: Adding points to the left side of a chart

The Accepted answer is floating along with other answers (sometimes on the 2nd level, sometimes it is the third answer), why is it treated as ordinary answers? Shouldn't it be a fixed top answer?

  • actually for me the accepted answer is in the top and the second answer got a bounty... Dec 17, 2013 at 19:11
  • Oh, so is there a fight among the Bounty answer and the accepted one? @Vogel612.. Dec 17, 2013 at 19:12
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    @Vogel612 You must be sorting by "active". The accepted answer is (currently) at the top with that sort mode on, but it's not pinned to the top. If you switch to sorting by votes or by oldest, you'll see it move around.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Dec 17, 2013 at 19:14
  • If you keep refreshing the page the order will change. Answers with the same vote count are ordered randomly to give them an equal chance of being seen first, and accepted self-answers aren't pinned to the top (and apparently answers awarded bounties are not pinned either). Dec 17, 2013 at 19:16
  • Possible duplicate of How does accepting an answer work?: "[When accepting] your own answer: There is no reputation awarded and the answer does not float to the top of the list."
    – apsillers
    Dec 17, 2013 at 19:16
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  • This question tends to be asked repeatedly. meta.stackexchange.com/q/128421/238706
    – Palec
    Dec 24, 2013 at 0:10

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Accepted self-answers aren't pinned to the top.

As for it floating around, the order of answers with the same number of votes is randomized when you're sorting by "votes".

  • Oh! That's the answer :) So they all have the same votes + It is a self-accepted! So it will not be fixed. It works this way? Dec 17, 2013 at 19:16
  • @AfzaalAhmadZeeshan Correct. This is intended behaviour.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Dec 17, 2013 at 19:17
  • @AfzaalAhmadZeeshan that's status-bydesign Dec 17, 2013 at 19:17
  • IMO, this rule does not make sense. The answer marked as solution by the asker should be pinned to top, no matter who submitted it. The asker knows best. I've seen many cases where the answer marked as solution IS the correct solution. Voting for an answer is often simply a casual "i like this", not "i believe this is the solution".
    – JohnyWhy
    Apr 11, 2017 at 4:20

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