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How is the ordering of answers done?

in this question, there are 2 answers as I am writing this question. This answer having 40 votes is not on the top instead another answer having less votes.

How is the ordering of answers done?

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    How have you ordered them? There are three options (Active, Oldest, Votes). From trying the three, it looks like you have clicked on Active.
    – Oded
    Commented Mar 29, 2016 at 15:40
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    Yes, the 11 vote answer is more active by an entire 35 seconds :D
    – Catija
    Commented Mar 29, 2016 at 15:50
  • Great, how do you know of 35 seconds?
    – vinesh
    Commented Mar 29, 2016 at 15:51
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    If you hover over any date/time on the site, you'll get the exact Zulu time it was posted. The most recent edit of the first answer occurred at xx:07:55 and the other answer was posted 35 seconds later at xx:08:30. or something like that.
    – Catija
    Commented Mar 29, 2016 at 15:55
  • ok, is it(active) as simple as comparing the time at which answers were posted? OR it includes other parameters like comments?
    – vinesh
    Commented Mar 29, 2016 at 16:07
  • It includes edits to the answer yet not comments. (You can see the last time those happened from the time in the middle of the post, if there are any.)
    – quid
    Commented Mar 29, 2016 at 16:08

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Click one of the other tabs to see a different sorting.

You probably want votes.

Note that a lower voted answer can still appear on top if the answer is accepted. An accepted answer is always the top one* - it's like a pinned tweet.


*A self-accepted answer is not pinned to the top

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    "An accepted answer is always the top one" unless it's a self-accept, which is not pinned Commented Mar 29, 2016 at 16:28

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