Today I found that the "worst" question (most downvoted) on Stack Overflow is Learning to write a compiler.

Is there a good way to find the "worst" answer?

  • Related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/11017/… – Jon Seigel Apr 30 '10 at 17:08
  • @Jon Too bad half of those URLs do not work anymore... – Tyler Carter Apr 30 '10 at 17:10
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    Note that, as the answer to the linked question states, the most-downvoted answer is not the same as the answer with the lowest score. Kip's "256 is a nice round number" answer was downvoted quite a lot by people trying to keep it at a nice round number. – mmyers Apr 30 '10 at 17:35

There's no way to search for answers (in this way) right now.

You'll have to download the latest data-dump, or use a data-dump sandbox like StackQL to analyze the underlying data. This answer looks like it has roughly what you need as far as a query goes, but the results in the answer are out of date.

  • Thanks I never knew about the dump. Lots of interesting stats can be found using it. – Lumpy Apr 30 '10 at 17:56
  • @Lumpy: Yep. One thing to note is that all of the sensitive data in the data dump is anonymized (i.e., you can't see who has voted on what). – Jon Seigel Apr 30 '10 at 17:58

In the time since Jon Seigel's answer was written, the is:answer search operator has been introduced.

So, you can search is:answer, sort by votes, and go to the last page of results. Here is the search URL.

Currently, this is the most downvoted answer on Stack Overflow: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/64242/rhino-mocks-typemock-moq-or-nmock-which-one-do-you-use-and-why/64278#64278

Though I wouldn't say it follows that the linked answer is the "worst" answer.

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