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On this very popular question on Unix.SE: Why does man print "gimme gimme gimme" at 00:30?,

the answer by Marnanel Thurman (with approximately 1.6k votes) shows before the accepted answer (by Jaroslav Kucera, with approximately 300 votes).

I am on the sorted by votes tab, which should list the accepted answer first.

Is this a bug, or was it intentionally modified for this question specifically?

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Self-answers aren't pinned to the top by acceptance. If you accept your own answer, it'll only appear as the top answer if it's also the highest-voted one.

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