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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 Mar 29 '16 at 15:40
  • Yes, the 11 vote answer is more active by an entire 35 seconds :D – Catija Mar 29 '16 at 15:50
  • Great, how do you know of 35 seconds? – vinesh Mar 29 '16 at 15:51
  • 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 Mar 29 '16 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 Mar 29 '16 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 Mar 29 '16 at 16:08
  • Perfect ! Thanks @quid, Catija – vinesh Mar 29 '16 at 16:10
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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 – Jason Baker Mar 29 '16 at 16:28
  • @JasonBaker Noted – Metasomatism Mar 29 '16 at 17:05

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