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Unpinning the accepted answer from the top of the list of answers

Today we changed the way we sort answers on Stack Overflow. We no longer pin the accepted answer (with the green checkmark) to the top of the list of answers. By default, we now sort strictly by votes ...
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Let's move some negatively scored answers from the top spot

Internally, we've been discussing how we can deal with obsolete or out-of-date answers. A few weeks ago, I requested some feedback on how to encourage edits to these types of answers, while I'm still ...
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Can we exempt negatively-scored accepted answers from getting the top spot? [duplicate]

Similar to this request but narrower, I'm suggesting we make a particular exception for negatively-scored accepted answers (those with score less than zero, or some other threshold like -3), so that ...
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How do I sort the questions by the number of views?

The question is in the title, how do I sort the questions by the number of view? If not that, I'd settle for any suggestion on how to view the "Most Viewed" questions.
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Bring back the 'oldest' sort order for answers

Please bring back the oldest sort order for answers, I think we can deal with four different types of sort order. It's helpful if you don't want to have to tool-tip every post to see which got posted ...
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How can we give some boost to some really good answers that arrive late?

It happens sometimes to receive or see a very good answer that arrives very late and that would deserve more upvotes. What can be done to give a boost to them? I would happily spend some of my ...
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Please give us the ability to sort "featured" tab by bounty amount

The "featured" tab currently lists questions with open bounties, sorted by the time left until the bounty expires. Could we also add the ability to sort by largest bounty? Sometimes I'm looking for ...
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What has happened to the sorting of answers on Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

Has the sorting of answers on Stack Overflow been changed? Because I've realised that the answers aren't sorted by Votes -> Time anymore, and they are sorted in a different way. It appears the ...
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Please return to the old sorting by time method of answers with the same number of votes

The responses from this question: What has happened to the sorting of answers on Stack Overflow? Seem to indicate disagreement with this change. Please return the sorting system to the way it was ...
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The accepted answer concept is not useful for sites that are not about problem solving

Stack Overflow was the first SE site, and many mechanisms were designed for SO and not necessarily for all the different sites that came after it. The "accepted answer" concept is one of those ...
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Ignore "The" when sorting sites alphabetically

On the Stack Exchange list of all sites, sites whose names start with "The" are sorted accordingly. It is common practice to ignore "the" and other similar words when sorting ...
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Shouldn't the answer with more votes be above the accepted answer? [duplicate]

After reviewing this question... I'd like to make an argument for answers that have attained more votes than an accepted answer always be ranked above when answers are being sorted by votes (the ...
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Can we have a sort by view count?

It would be great to have Stack Overflow listing sortable by "View Count". This enhances usability, and I guess the Stack Overflow community would also like to know which questions are clicked most, ...
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Help us choose a sort order for the Stack Overflow homepage

A overwhelming amount of feedback for Help us redesign the Stack Overflow homepage was: "Keep the way the front page looks, just tweak the question order" Interesting algorithms were suggested by Kip ...
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Custom ordering for "Stack Exchange All Sites" dropdown

Stack Exchange top bar is quite useful now and I like it. I have a request for custom ordering. There are times when I wish ordering of the top bar is customizable like: Since there are 1 current ...
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Add sort option to search

There are a lot of feature requests based on sorting a set of questions, gathered by tabs or by searching, like this one. How about we add a sort: option to the search box, for example sort:newest ...
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"Unanswered" question sort order on profile pages

To help users keep track of (and hopefully get answers to) unanswered questions, it would be useful to have an "unanswered" sort order on a user's profile page. It would order the list of questions ...
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What's the 'Frequent' sort function?

What is the function of the 'Frequent' sorting option on the Questions tab?
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Please sort deleted answers to the bottom

Having recently hit the 10k mark I have noticed that people delete answers fairly often. I find that having to sift through all of the deleted answers in a list can be a bit annoying. I feel it ...
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The new {TagName} - {This is the real title} formatting is unhelpful

One of the best things SO did IMHO was to correctly order the HTML title in the order: {Question Title} - {SiteName} This was great because we knew the site name (and the favicon is a better ...
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How are answers with the same vote score sorted?

When a new question is asked how are the answers sorted? I just answered a question and there were two other answers. All three answers have 0 votes and no edits. Immediately after I answered my ...
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In which order are delete voters shown?

When a post is deleted, a banner is shown indicating which users voted to delete the post: What determines the order in which these users are shown? Often, it seems to be a chronological order (like ...
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Answers no longer sorted by score/votes

For me at least, this question has answers that are not sorted by score: Is this normal? I've tried refreshing the page a few times, but the order doesn't change...
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Accepted answer appearing below top voted [duplicate]

On Add year to question and answer dates, sorted by votes, the accepted answer is #3 in order of votes. It appears as number 3 in the list as well. Is this new behavior intended?
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Discovering the order of [product-discovery]

This is the front page of Meta Stack Exchange as I'm writing this post: Even though status-review is used less often than the other three tags on that question, it's still listed before it. ...
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Sorting questions by votes is broken

When displaying Questions sorted by votes using the following URL (with 15 questions per page enabled!) https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions?page=67&sort=votes&pagesize=15 afte the ...
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Is there way to sort questions on "unanswered/my tags" page by date?

Is there way to sort questions on "unanswered/my tags" page by date? There is a "newest" tab, but it's shows all questions, not only with my tags.
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Order favorites by the date they were marked as favorite

Right now you can sort your favorites by views, newest, and votes. (Someone also suggested being able to sort by edit date.) Sometimes, chronological order helps my recall when searching for an item ...
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List Unanswered Questions in My Tags Sorted by Newest

I found this related post: How to search for unanswered questions, in my tags only, newest first But the work-around listed there doesn't work for me. The query uses the AND condition and returns ...
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Reverse sort for question feeds and search

Is it possible to allow users to select the direction sorting is applied in for /questions and /search? Something like http://stackoverflow.com/questions?sort=newest?direction=desc. In terms of UI, ...
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Order my accounts by recent activity

On the profile page, it would be fine if the accounts could be ordered by recent activity. I have 10 accounts across the Stack Exchange network and was recently very active in an account with a low ...
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What is the sort order of the answers? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How are answers sorted? In a question, I see that each time I refresh the page, the answers were placed in a different order. The question has 3 answers each with zero votes. ...
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Does the "Votes" tab really serve a purpose?

There's a tab on Stack Overflow for questions called "Votes" that shows the questions that have recieved the most votes. The problem is it includes all questions. I've been a member on Stack Overflow ...
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Add an option to sort the Recently Deleted Questions by deletion date

Feature request: Add an option to sort the Recently Deleted Questions by deletion date. That'd be useful when the page contains several questions, e.g. Example of Recently Deleted Questions page: ...
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Answer with more upvotes appears above accepted answer? [duplicate]

The highest-voted answer on this question has three votes, and appears above the accepted answer (two votes). I think it's an amusing coincidence that it just so happens to be a Jon Skeet answer. What'...
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Add sort by "my votes"

In my daily routine I sometimes find myself re-visit questions I've already read. When there are multiple answers (and approaches to solve something), I remind myself what was my chosen answer in my ...
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Guest (not logged in) users can only sort questions with specific tag by newest

I think this is platform wide (all SE sites). Logout Choose a tag, eg. java on SO Try to sort questions by something other than newest No matter what sorting is chosen, questions are sorted by ...
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Sort questions in user profile by "Unaccepted" or "Date accepted"

I think this would go a long way towards encouraging question acceptance, especially if it were the default sorting method. Take this user, for instance. He has (at the time of writing) a 54% ...
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Answer sort order: oldest *and* newest?

Any chance we could have both 'oldest' and 'newest' sort orders? I used to use 'newest' all the time to keep up with new posts on questions that have gathered a lot of responses (or a few long ones). ...
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I would like some order please (sites list in Filtered Questions rule)

When adding new rule in Filtered Questions, I get this for the list of all sites: This appears to be totally random. If I want to find a site, I must use the browser's search, or just scan the whole ...
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Massively downvoted questions are still missing from the list of questions

The last page of the list of questions on Meta is currently this question that has a score of -55. Missing from the bottom of the list are: -84 Evaluating the risks of allowing teen moderators on ...
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New profile: please weight sites for "top posts" list so big active sites don't flood the list

I would like to see some sort of site-based weighting for the "top network posts" section on the new profile page. Right now this is a list of top posts by raw vote count without any other ...
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Sorting new answers to old questions

I appreciate the mechanisms which help bring attention to new answers to old questions - front page sorting, and the moderation tool explicitly designed for it. But I wonder if we can do more. I'm ...
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How are questions with equal votes sorted?

I just noticed that when you sort questions by votes, the questions with the same amount of votes are not ordered randomly. I am not saying that this is bad or wrong, I just want to know what is the ...
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How many users have changed their default Sort By?

I am interested in knowing how many users on Programming Puzzles and Code Golf change their default sorting preferences for answers. More specifically, I want to know what those sorting preferences ...
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Please allow a user to sort the experiences on the career site

Just joined Stack Overflow careers and figured I'd chime in and ask for a feature. It appears that the order you insert the "Experience" items in is how they stay. I seem to have put mine in ascending ...
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New users page - reputation sorting incorrect

The sorting on the new users page appears to be incorrect - if it goes from left to right then top to bottom (which appears to be the case for most users), then in some cases the sorting is incorrect. ...
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What determines the order of review queues in the new drop-down?

Before the recent changes to the top bar, I'm pretty sure that review queues were always listed in descending order of items pending. Now we have a drop-down preview on the review icon (thanks!), and ...
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Are we unfairly advertising wrong answers?

I just ran this query on the Stack Overflow data dump. It highlights all answers that are accepted which happen to have another answer which is voted higher and have less than a -1 score. (wow thats a ...
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Sorting order of featured questions

How are featured questions sorted on Stack Overflow? And can I sort them using different criteria, such as by posting date?

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