Negative scores on accepted answers upset me. I know "accepted answer" means it helped the OP, not that it is correct.

Nonetheless there are only 72 (according to the latest dump) questions which have an accepted answer with a score less than -1.

Are any of these scores unfair?

(question, accepted votes, highest voted answer)


select Id, 
    (select max(a.Score) from Answers a where a.ParentId = q.Id ) as MaxScore , 
    (select a.Score from Answers a where a.Id = q.AcceptedAnswerId) as  SelectedScore
into #t
from Questions q
where AcceptedAnswerId is not null 

select '- [' + Title + '](' + 'https://stackoverflow.com/questions/' + cast(q.Id as varchar(max)) + ' "link")'
, ' ' + cast(SelectedScore as varchar(max)) 
, ' ' +cast(MaxScore as varchar(max))  
from #t t
join Questions q on q.Id = t.Id
where SelectedScore < MaxScore
and SelectedScore < -1
order by selectedscore asc
  • should this be cc-wiki?
    – waffles
    Commented Jul 15, 2009 at 1:07
  • 2
    only if you intend for people to edit your post Commented Jul 15, 2009 at 1:09

2 Answers 2


In my slightly biased opinion, my answer to https://stackoverflow.com/questions/277991 is both correct and accepted, in spite of the -12 score.


Accepted answers generally garner more attention than any other answer for a given question. Normally, that will result in a nice little rep bump... but if the answer is wrong, unhelpful, or seen as rude... then the opposite may happen.

Break Statements In the real world - selected answer is unnecessarily opinionated... and C programmers don't take kindly to people dumping on their cherished language features.

How do foreach loops work in C#? - selected answer is incomplete and wrong.

How are CSS frameworks used? - answer is trite and unhelpful. Also, it was posted by asker and then accepted - adding insult to injury is a great way to collect down-votes.

  • note shog, you can game the system in this way. post a really atrocious answer, get it accepted, get the big rep bump down, fix it, relish in your new rep.
    – waffles
    Commented Jul 15, 2009 at 1:27
  • Ha! You have a wicked mind, Sam... ;-)
    – Shog9
    Commented Jul 15, 2009 at 1:34
  • The Break answer is hopelessly argued, but I think the downvoting is mostly down to the lack of imagination of the downvoters. Commented Jul 15, 2009 at 1:53
  • I imagine a world, where no loop is judged by the presence of break...
    – Shog9
    Commented Jul 15, 2009 at 2:02

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