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What are the most upvoted/downvoted questions and answers on the sites?

... just wondering. Can anybody point me into the right direction?

  • You're so funny.
    – zneak
    Commented Jun 20, 2010 at 16:52
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    Technically, the highest negative integer is -1. Are you looking for the lowest negative number?
    – Matt Ball
    Commented Jun 20, 2010 at 16:55
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    @Matt Damn. I came here just to say that.
    – Jamie Wong
    Commented Jun 20, 2010 at 16:56
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    This shouldn't have been closed as a duplicate, since the answer to the other question just has broken links...it no longer actually answers the question. Commented Jun 20, 2010 at 18:10
  • @Nick: I agree the content in the original question needs updating, but this question is still a duplicate of the first.
    – Jon Seigel
    Commented Jun 21, 2010 at 1:26
  • @Jon - True, but now neither has an answer, this one's locked and that one has an outdated/invalid accepted answer...so it's a bad place to point this one to. Duplicates don't cover chronologically different questions though, what if the question was asked 10 years from now? Would the old answers be valid?....no, the answer changes over time, so I'm not even sure it's a "duplicate", since some questions are time-sensitive. E.g. think of SO, "what current bugs are in this API"...changes version to version, is it a duplicate? I think closing as a duplicate is ambiguous in these cases. Commented Jun 21, 2010 at 1:34
  • @Nick: We can still add new answers to the old question, or the answer authors can make updates. A comparison to the example question you gave isn't really valid, since an API would be versioned, so the same set of bugs would always apply to that version -- a new question would be asked about a newer version. In any event, I see where you're going with that line of reasoning. I agree that it's tough to keep up with these types of questions, but the purpose of closing as a duplicate is such that when someone asks the same question they should be redirected to a single repository of answers.
    – Jon Seigel
    Commented Jun 21, 2010 at 1:55
  • @Jon - I agree with the intent, but in this case for example, I think the likelihood of this getting answered since the other question has an accepted one is slim to none, unfortunately. I'll add a comment to Jeff's answer over there and see if he can edit it a bit. Commented Jun 21, 2010 at 1:58

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Assuming you meant the lowest negative score, apparently this one, with a score of -38: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/15815931/missing-identifier-even-though-its-defined-on-the-line-above

How do I find it? Sort all questions by number of votes then go to the last page.

The question has been deleted; an archived version is available here.

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    I see a score of 616 for that question with only 2 downvotes??
    – Greg Ennis
    Commented Jan 18, 2014 at 12:08
  • The mentioned question is deleted as duplicate, it has 0 up- or downvotes. The referred to question has 676 upvotes, 2 downvotes and 1389 favorites: stackoverflow.com/questions/1669/learning-to-write-a-compiler. Maybe @Lie meant another question originally?
    – Abel
    Commented May 12, 2014 at 21:08
  • @Abel: fixed with the current latest most negative question; I'm not quite sure how the previous link got there.
    – Lie Ryan
    Commented May 12, 2014 at 21:13
  • True, and most negative answer currently on SO is stackoverflow.com/a/278879/447356, standing at -42 :) Commented May 12, 2014 at 21:18
  • Close, but I can do better ;)... -218 downvotes (and +71) on this question: q/3905734. But I cheated, I used most-down-voted-questions (it also shows questions that are closed or locked).
    – Abel
    Commented May 12, 2014 at 21:32

Belongs on meta, but to answer your question, when you're on the "Questions" tab up there, you can sort for votes. Go to the last page.

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    That only shows questions that have not been deleted though. I would think that the question with the lowest score would be one that has been deleted.
    – sepp2k
    Commented Jun 20, 2010 at 16:59

Currently, it's -69, but maybe that will change soon. :-P

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