I was going to request that deleted answers always be placed at the end of the answers list for the people that can see them, when I came across this post which is marked "status-completed": Deleted answers should get sorted at the very bottom of the answer list

On the sites where I can see deleted posts, it appears they are currently sorted without regard for their deleted status and interleaved with answers that aren't deleted. I noticed it on questions on English Language Learners when sorting with "active" or "oldest" view, like She {looks/is looking/looking} worried about something? where new answers are coming in on older questions. It appears that the answers are sorted to the bottom when "votes" is the selected order.

Was this regression intentional?

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    As far as I remember deleted answers always sorted according to the requested sort order. I wasn't "born" yet in 2009 and if I was I lacked the privilege to watch deleted posts.
    – rene
    Commented Mar 11, 2021 at 15:50
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    @rene no they were always below all other answers. They're sorted among themselves by the requested sort order. Commented Mar 11, 2021 at 15:51
  • No repro here, tried in sandbox. Maybe it only happens with self answers? They always appear on top, think that even when deleted. Commented Mar 11, 2021 at 15:54
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    They are still sorted to the bottom for me. That sorting only applies to the Votes view, though. Not the Active and Oldest views.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Mar 11, 2021 at 15:54
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    @animuson the Active and Oldest views place deleted answers in between non deleted? Nice, never really seen it, as I never use those views. :) Commented Mar 11, 2021 at 15:55
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    @animuson That's it - I didn't check sorting by votes...
    – ColleenV
    Commented Mar 11, 2021 at 15:57

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There doesn't appear to be any regression here. It is by-design that the sorting of deleted answers to the bottom only occurs for the Votes sort type. The Active and Oldest sort types have never sorted to the bottom, at least according to the history of the code. The only sort alteration that applies to all three sorting methods is pinning the accepted answer to the top.

  • Would it make sense to update the old question to reflect that it is only for one view? I'm assuming that maybe a decade ago that was the only view?
    – ColleenV
    Commented Mar 11, 2021 at 16:12

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