I answered one of my questions (see How can I use Microsoft Word's spelling/grammar checker programmatically?) and accepted it but it randomly appears first or second (out of two answers).



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by design.

accepting your own answer confers no sorting benefits. See this and other rules:


  • ah, maybe this explains the recent spate of wonky sorting i've been witnessing on SU (and meta too, it seems). as a random reader (neither the question poster nor an answer poster), i've been very confused about why an accepted answer isn't at the top of a by-vote-sorted list of answers. i haven't checked that all the observed cases are indeed answered-by-questioner, so maybe that's it. but as an exception to the general sorting rule for accepted answers, it just makes me think that something's broken. Nov 18, 2009 at 19:26
  • sorry, this is by design Nov 19, 2009 at 1:10

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