Some username search results are not correctly sorted by highest reputation on Stack Overflow.

Steps to reproduce:

  1. Visit https://stackoverflow.com/users

  2. In the Users Search Box enter the following username for example; RobC

  3. The list of users returned is currently as follows:

    SO Search results listing usernames RobC


    • User RobC listed in sixth position from the top, i.e. the one at the bottom in the screenshot above, has a weekly reputation increase of 88.
    • The first five listed users all have a weekly reputation of 0.

Expected Result:

  • Users with a higher reputation to be listed above/before users with a lower reputation.

  • Given the scenario provided in the aforementioned section, I expect user RobC who is currently listed in sixth position from the top, i.e. the one at the bottom in the screenshot above, who has the highest weekly reputation increase of 88 to be listed at the top.

Additional Info

  • Regardless of whether the Reputation is sorted by either; week, month, quarter, year, or all - the list returns in the incorrect sort order.

  • Other examples of usernames (randomly chosen and at time of writing) that also show the incorrect sort order are; Peter, and Sarah. However many usernames do seem to return correctly sorted.

  • This incorrect sorting started to occur approx 3-4+ weeks ago.

  • 5
    Users with the same name are sorted by userid not reputation. May 15, 2020 at 18:39
  • 3
    @DavidPostill - Correct, at present users are sorted by userid. However, that has not been the case for the last n years - instead users have been sorted by reputation (highest first). Is this newly introduced change of logic, i.e. sorting by userid instead of reputation, now by-design or a bug?
    – RobC
    May 16, 2020 at 12:56
  • Would seem to make sense to do what is the best for performance, or have some kind of social relevance algo a la Facebook. Or have it be based on context (tags you frequent? which is kind of like social context I guess). Or allow sort params to be chosen. user id seems to be really arbitrary, and honestly so is reputation. Although realistically I guess it makes sense you would care more about people who are high ranked more than some random newbies.
    – user120242
    May 23, 2020 at 23:05


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