Is there any way we can do or add the feature where we can choose what order our second (or more) answers appear in?

I recently posted a second answer to a question but was annoyed when it drifted to the top, as I felt my original answer was supreme with more detail and citations etc., so I would like it to be the first one viewed.

I'd like to request the feature of having a slider (or something of the like) where we can shift which order our other answers appear in.

Thanks. --EDIT--

Both answers are completely separate, it's just one is more likely to gain upvotes or an accept.

  • This only applies where the same OP posts more than one answer on a question?
    – rene
    Commented Jan 7, 2019 at 16:51
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    Currently, each user can decide, whether they want to sort the answers by their activity or upvotes. Hence, if one of your answers gains more upvotes, it will be shown on top anyway. Could you please specify, why the current way of sorting isn't satisfying?
    – Arsak
    Commented Jan 7, 2019 at 17:24

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You should only ever be posting multiple answers if those answers are actually entirely independent of each other. If you're posting an answer that relies on information posted in an earlier answer then it shouldn't be a separate answer, it should be an edit to your earlier answer.

If you simply felt that one answer is better than the other, and don't want people to see the worse answer then don't post it in the first place, since you apparently don't think it's useful.

  • See my edit for clarification
    – Lordology
    Commented Jan 7, 2019 at 16:57
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    @Lordology As I already said in my answer, if you think one of your answers isn't a good answer then don't post it, or delete it, if it's already been posted.
    – Servy
    Commented Jan 7, 2019 at 16:58
  • Both are acceptable and good, though one is more likely to be better upvoted.
    – Lordology
    Commented Jan 7, 2019 at 16:59
  • @Lordology Then why are you trying to actively prevent people from seeing it? Why do you think it'll be useful for people to be seeing this solution that you don't think is the best solution to the problem? For an answer to be a good answer it should be more than just "acceptable", it should be the best solution to that problem.
    – Servy
    Commented Jan 7, 2019 at 17:00
  • I'm not trying to prevent people from seeing it, I just want one behind the other. Think of it this way: If someone came and couldn't be bothered to look at both my answers, I'd want to ensure they saw my other one above it.
    – Lordology
    Commented Jan 7, 2019 at 17:03
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    @Lordology So why do you think it's helpful to have a solution that you wouldn't actually recommend as the solution to the problem, and that you're worried about people reading it and implementing it when you think they shouldn't be? If you want people to be reading the other answer instead then don't give them the option of choosing wrong, by only posting the good answer.
    – Servy
    Commented Jan 7, 2019 at 17:05
  • @Lordology you don't need two different answers to explain the same thing two different ways. If someone doesn't understand it the way you explained it, they will probably comment. That's exactly what comments are for: asking for or giving clarification.
    – Picachieu
    Commented Jan 7, 2019 at 17:37

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