For example, if we upvote this answer, it doesn't affect that.

It will be useful in some answers like this that got less attention because it is not shown at the top.

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    Because voting activity isn't an important enough activity to warrant someone looking at a given post again. – user400654 Mar 6 at 16:18
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    What's the "active answer tab"? You mean "active question"? – yivi Mar 6 at 16:19
  • @yivi i.stack.imgur.com/F8Ev0.png – Glorfindel Mar 6 at 16:22
  • @user400654 in this case? – Smart Manoj Mar 6 at 16:24
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    @SmartManoj in that case, the question should be deleted. voting activity isn't relevant. – user400654 Mar 6 at 16:25
  • Thanks @Glorfindel (particularly for the helpful arrow). I didn't think of that this since we already have the ability to sort by votes. I thought they meant this. Makes less sense to me now I guess. – yivi Mar 6 at 16:27
  • Why does it matter which answer was voted last? – yivi Mar 6 at 16:31
  • Because somebody put an effort to analyze all recent answers and voted the best if the accepted answer is outdated @yivi – Smart Manoj Mar 6 at 16:37
  • Someone voted whatever they liked, that's all. Individual votes are meaningless, only the aggregate can give you some approximation to a meaningful signal. If at all. – yivi Mar 6 at 16:39
  • But most people just go with accepted answer or the top 2 – Smart Manoj Mar 6 at 16:40
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    But "active" already put the newest (or the one edited most recently) at the top. So according to your theory, the newest answer (and the accepted one) would get all the votes, right? – yivi Mar 6 at 16:44
  • I spoke for the in-between ones meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/319113/… – Smart Manoj Mar 6 at 16:51
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    SmartManoj, please don't completely change a question (particularly if it's not being well received) by adding a different question in an attempt to improve your vote score. You can improve the same question but you can't alter the question. If you have a new question (which apparently you do, and it's a better one) then ask a new question. There can usually be a single question asked per question (or a few very similarly related ones), adding a completely different question invalidates the value of prior votes and makes existing answers seem incomplete (affecting their votes). – Rob Mar 6 at 17:55

Because that is not the purpose of that tab. Its purpose is to see which answers were recently updated, so that users can review edits (maybe somebody introduced something harmful which needs to be reverted; maybe somebody made a brilliant edit and now the post is worthy of an upvote).

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  • doesn't that include comments? – Smart Manoj Mar 6 at 16:22
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    No, comments are second class citizens, much less important than posts. – Glorfindel Mar 6 at 16:23

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