First I thought order of featured tab is post modified time order. But seems like I am wrong.

So what is the order of featured tab?

  • Featured tab where? On all sites or on a specific site? Do you have a specific site you're interested in?
    – Catija
    Commented Aug 30, 2017 at 5:11
  • @Catija I am more interested on StackOverFlow. But I asked here because I thought it is same in all networks Commented Aug 30, 2017 at 5:20
  • Well... I think my answer shows that it's not. If you're only interested in SO, this question should be asked on that site's meta.
    – Catija
    Commented Aug 30, 2017 at 5:21
  • @Catija I am not the person who down vote your answer....... As I said earlier I thought it doesn't depend on the network. That's why I asked it here. Commented Aug 30, 2017 at 5:27
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    I didn't say that you did. I don't really care about the votes. :) Stack Overflow is an odd beast, so consider asking questions about it on Meta Stack Overflow in the future, if you want SO specific answers. This is particularly true when it comes to navigation. :D
    – Catija
    Commented Aug 30, 2017 at 5:29

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Super User has a good number of bounties right now and they appear to be in a strict, "soonest ending" order.

Super User Bounties page 8/29/17

Clicking through them (hover over the "ends in ___" to see the ending date/time) shows that even the bottom two, both expiring in 7 days, appear in the opposite order you would expect if the blog post were correct. The 500 reputation bounty ends last at 17:45:26 and the 50 reputation bounty ends mere seconds before it at 17:45:01 and is indexed first, despite the claims of the blog post.

So... it seems that:

Bounties are in order on sites by when they expire, soonest first.

Note, this excludes the new navigation that has been implemented on Stack Overflow, which allows you to sort by several different factors.

SO bounty sort options

The default sort on SO seems to be biggest first, no consideration of expiration date.

This seems to conflict with this blog post from 2011 which implies that it's a combination of two things.

The top results are the bounties expiring within the next 24 hours, by soonest expiration time. After that, bounties with the highest amount are prioritized.

The featured tab on the homepage gives priority to larger bounties. The last 24 hours of the bounty period are still ordered purely by time of bounty end, but up until then the larger the bounty, the higher your question will appear on the featured tab.

I couldn't find any explanation for it changing, though.

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