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.