I was looking at this question on Maths Meta. There are four answers and I have them sorted by Date Modified (Newest First).

Listed below are the created and last modified dates of the four answers in the order they are presented. \begin{array}{ll} \text{Creation date} & \text{Last modified date} \\ \hline \text{2011-11-23} & \text{2017-04-13} \\ \text{2023-08-05} & \text{Not yet modified} \\ \text{2017-03-14} & \text{2022-10-23} \\ \text{2014-08-07} & \text{2020-06-12} \end{array}

In what sense are these sorted by last modified date? Or, How do I interpret this? It seems that the first one should be last.

The other two sort methods seem to work correctly, i.e. I get what I would expect to see.

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    $\begingroup$ With "Date Modified (Newest First)" if some answer is accepted it appears at the top. $\endgroup$
    – Paramanand Singh Mod
    Aug 5, 2023 at 13:17
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    $\begingroup$ Note that on main site the default is "Highest score" and there the accepted answer doesn't necessarily come at the top. $\endgroup$
    – Paramanand Singh Mod
    Aug 5, 2023 at 13:21
  • $\begingroup$ I didn't know that about accepted answers. Is it in the help pages? $\endgroup$ Aug 5, 2023 at 13:33
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    $\begingroup$ See the relevant meta threads meta.stackexchange.com/q/369568/432929 and math.meta.stackexchange.com/q/34076/72031 $\endgroup$
    – Paramanand Singh Mod
    Aug 5, 2023 at 13:44
  • $\begingroup$ @ParamanandSingh, could you make your comment into an answer please? It is the correct answer and I'm unlikely to get anything else. $\endgroup$ Aug 7, 2023 at 9:14


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