It has been brought to my attention that, on sites where the Would you like to have the accepted answer unpinned on your site? got applied, accepting an answer does push the answer towards the top of the list of answers. Consider this scenario:

  • The accepted answer has a score of 1

  • Another answer has a score of 1

  • The rest of the answers have a score of 0

Currently, in the above case, the accepted answer would be pinned to the top, even though another answer has the same score. What does this mean in terms of calculating which post gets displayed above the others (when sorting by score)?

Does the checkmark count towards one vote, or half? Because if it's one, then it would mean that if the accepted answer has a score of 0, it would still be randomly ordered with the ones with a score of 1.

Finally, where is the fact (that the checkmark counts towards which answer displays above the other answers) mentioned in the announcement post? It basically quotes

By default, we now sort strictly by votes (descending order by highest score), and the accepted answer's order in the list is based on its score.

Which isn't really true. However, I am confused as to whether this is a recent change to the sorting of the answers, or was it always like this ever since the announcement.

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    Here is the feature request which has been implemented which requested that accepted answers rank above other answers with the same vote score: meta.stackexchange.com/a/369569/299995 Mar 15, 2022 at 19:41
  • @bobble Not quite. I edited the post. There's also "Does the checkmark count towards one vote, or half?"
    – Red
    Mar 15, 2022 at 20:36
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    @AnnSaysDon'tGiveUp the basis of the dupe vote is the answer Cave linked which is [status-completed]
    – bobble
    Mar 15, 2022 at 20:37
  • @bobble But given that it's an answer, I think it would be more appropriate to post an answer here pointing it out rather than closing this as a duplicate of the post. A user with the same question might have a hard time finding the link between this post and the dup target (logical link, not hyperlink). (P.S. sorry about all the edits.)
    – Red
    Mar 15, 2022 at 20:40
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    @Ann If there's a comment pointing to an answer which directly addresses the question, I think that's a fine basis to dupe-vote and should be understandable to anyone who simply looks at the top comment. That way we have a signpost which points to where an answer may be found, and all the information is contained in one place.
    – bobble
    Mar 15, 2022 at 20:52


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