My understanding is that answers are meant to be displayed in the following order:

  • Accepted answer, if any.
  • Highest voted answer.
  • Second highest voted answer.
  • Etc.

I am regularly seeing new, unaccepted answers with few votes listed above high-voted answers. I am wondering if this is a widely-seen bug, a rarely-seen bug or if I have some misunderstanding.

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    BTW: Answers with the same number of votes are presented in random order which changes with every view. And: Self-accepted answers are not placed on top, but sorted as normal after the number of votes. May 14 '11 at 22:10

There are three sorting options.

You just described the "votes" order; however, answers can also be sorted by "activity" and by "oldest." It may be a bug, or it may simply that you've clicked a different sorting order.

  • Ugh, now I feel silly for not noticing those tabs before. I must have clicked on them a few times.
    – Oddthinking Mod
    May 14 '11 at 0:52

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