You've selected the "Active" ordering for answers. If you want to sort by score, use the "Votes" ordering.
You change the sort order by selecting the appropriate tab, located on the line that says "X answers". The setting is sticky - it will keep the last selected sort order for all questions you browse from that point on.
Your communities should be fully editable and able to be reordered, and you have complete freedom to pin any site you want (including ones you don't have an account on) to your list.
See the StackExchange Blog for details on using this feature.
Tags don't exist only so that people can follow them. They also provide additional information about a question.
It might not make much sense to follow the string tag (though I do for some reason), but someone might be interested in questions tagged, for example, both c and string.
Tags are also very useful as search terms.
(On the other hand, the title ...
I think the accepted answer should not always be first because the community knows better. This page is cool because many people combine there knowledge and there opinion. In this case we put the opinion of one person over the community.
I think the order should be:
highest voted (if it has 5 votes more than the accepted answer!)
When many questions are closed as a duplicate of one specific question, that question is a "Frequent" question - that is, it has been asked, in different guises, frequently. In addition, if the question is linked to from another question, it is one of the "Frequently" linked to questions.
In essence the sort is for questions that have been linked to often ...
I don't have too much of a problem with this proposal. It mitigates any problems with the OP being careless, but does it in a way that doesn't really take away the OP's ability to pin a tested answer.
I don't, however, want to remove the OP's power to pin an answer too much. The OP is the one who has to actually implement the solution. Other voters ...
I like this idea, and I especially like it as a first step toward possibly revamping how we handle accepted answers more broadly. Ideally, answers would be sorted by score, period, like they are when there's a self-acceptance. The usual objection to that is "but the accepted answer needs to be easy to find" (this argument doesn't have a good response for ...
The actual order of users is cached, but the reputation displayed under their name is not. If Jon stays ahead of Silva, then the system will eventually update the list to reorder them. The list usually updates fairly quickly, but you can browse through the list and find quite a few places where there are users "out of order." In fact, this has already ...
Thus, the first answer is still sitting at 1 vote for every 5 views, whereas Jon's answer is sitting at 1 vote for every 3 views, meaning a greater percentage of people like Jon's answer over the first answer.
Or, it could just be that a greater density of people willing and/or able to vote on the answers were visiting during the most recent period of time, ...
The order of the answers is random if the score is equal and you are on the votes tab.
Hit refresh on such a question and you will see that the order changes. Of course accepted answers are an exception and stay on top*.
* If not self answers
That answer is only sorted last if you picked the activity sorting option on the page.
It is sorted second (after the accepted answer) if you use the votes sorting order instead:
It would also be sorted second if you picked oldest.
The answer sort order is stored as a preference with your profile, so if you picked a different sort order before and forgot ...
This was done deliberately to deal with a anonymous DOS. Quoting Shog9 on Meta Stack Overflow:
Requests from anonymous users to some of these routes were causing an
unacceptably large performance hit a few days ago, potentially hurting
the experience for many other users.
As a result, they were disabled for anonymous users. They may be
Because you chose to sort them by "oldest" and not "votes", the default:
On the top right of the top answer are the sort buttons. Just click "votes" and it should appear at the top (as they are the highest-voted).
Here's the code from Marc's amazing tag engine when sorting by votes, where x and y are questions:
// question score desc
int delta = y.Score.CompareTo(x.Score);
// tie? then by aggregate answer score desc
if (delta == 0) delta = y.AnswerScore.CompareTo(x.AnswerScore);
// tie? fallback to question creation date desc
return delta == 0 ? y.Id.CompareTo(x.Id)...
As proposed in comments already, and inspired by a post on Meta StackOverflow:
Please make the bounty list sorted descending by offered bounty. Always. I really have to go the entire list to see a 500 reputation bounty somewhere in the middle of the pack.
If a bounty is some kind of advertisement, why not reward a higher pay by more prominence. If you want ...
You can sort by:
Active: Recently modified one will be towards the top
Oldest: First posted answers will be towards the top
Votes: Posts will be sorted by votes in descending order. Answers with more votes will appear towards the top.
Select the "votes" tab to sort the answers by votes.
As noted in the question, on a lot of sites there's not a lot of signal in knowing which answer is an asker's favorite. But there is some signal, so we still want to make it easy to see this. So we should order answers on the "votes" view by, well, votes, and also provide a way to jump to the accepted answer easily. Here are a couple ways we could do that....
It is the same for all sites. What varies is the definition of a lot of comments.
if there are not a lot of comments, they are in time order
if there are a lot of comments, those with no upvotes are hidden. The unhidden ones are still in time order
More details: Proposed tweak to comment UI for long threads
If your answer is indeed better and more correct than the others (and you should really think carefully before adding yet another answer when there are 24 others there already), it will get upvoted and over time will move up in the list.
I'm not sure this is a good idea. Comments aren't meant to have answers to your problem in them; according to the help center:
When should I comment?
You should submit a comment if you want to:
Request clarification from the author;
Leave constructive criticism that guides the author in improving the post;
Add relevant but minor or ...
I agree. This would be very useful on questions with a lot of answers (40+). On less serious questions I find that I end up reading the answers either near the top, or near the bottom. A random sorting order would allow me to view all different answers, giving answers equal exposure.
It could be used on fun questions which have no right or wrong ...
No, self-answers are sorted according to the current sorting order instead.
Normally the accepted answer is pinned at the top, and although self-answers are not given that privilege, they are still sorted normally. They are not delegated to the bottom either!
When you sort that post by votes, the self-answer is right there at the top. In fact, only when ...
You can also use the Search mechanism which provides the is:answer operator, then sort by Newest, e.g. https://meta.stackexchange.com/search?tab=newest&q=is%3aanswer
This will effectively give all answers on a site, sorted by answer date.