Within the last week or so, I noticed Stack Overflow no longer sorts by number of votes. Aside from the answer with the most votes, which does seem to come first, the rest of the answers seem to be in a random order. What's going on here?

ex: Branch descriptions in Git

Notice the answers here have 195, then 3, then 29 votes. The 3 should come after the 29!

There's also a 17, 40, and 28, in that order, far after the 29 here too. what's going on!? And this isn't just this one answer, this is happening with nearly every answer I've looked at over the past week or so.

It makes finding the top few best answers quickly really difficult.

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    Choose the [Votes] Tab not the [Active] Tab, see: i.sstatic.net/8SpMR.jpg
    – Rob
    Commented Mar 19, 2020 at 4:01
  • How did you take that screenshot so tall? Clearly it doesn't all fit on one screen on your monitor... Commented Mar 19, 2020 at 4:09
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    My screenshot (Galaxy S9+) has all sorts of features including the full-page shot. The reason for posting the comment was to explain that I couldn't reproduce the bug and could see from your screenshot what the problem was; also the answer from goldPseudo didn't appear until after I posted my comment and refreshed the page.
    – Rob
    Commented Mar 19, 2020 at 4:14
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    Ah, I see: you're on a phone doing screenshots. Thanks, and I see why your comment came up later now. Commented Mar 19, 2020 at 4:17

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See this?

"Active" tab: Answers with the latest activity first

You want this instead.

"Votes" tab: Answers with the highest score first

  • Ah ha! Thanks! Side note: what image editor did you use for that? I have found great success with Shutter (sudo apt install shutter in Ubuntu). If using Ubuntu 18.04, you'll need this fix though to enable Shutter's "edit" button again: askubuntu.com/questions/1029085/…. Commented Mar 19, 2020 at 3:51
  • @GabrielStaples Nothing more than the prtsc key and MS Paint.
    – goldPseudo
    Commented Mar 19, 2020 at 4:02
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    Ah, you're on Windows. Try Greenshot or the Windows Snipping Tool. I think you'll find them more user-friendly and faster to use. On Linux, nothing I've seen beats Shutter! Commented Mar 19, 2020 at 4:06

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