I always thought, that the accepted answer is displayed on top of the other answers, even if the others have more votes.

This question seems to be a counterexample. Why is that?

The timeline of the post indicates, that the accepted answer was given later, but that's all and should have an effect, right?

  • $\begingroup$ Are you ordering the questions by activity, oldest or votes? $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Commented Aug 1, 2012 at 21:53
  • $\begingroup$ What do you mean? So no... $\endgroup$
    – draks ...
    Commented Aug 1, 2012 at 21:54
  • $\begingroup$ You can choose how to order the answers, just above the first answer. Which one is the order you are using right now? The choice affects whether or not the accepted answer is the top one. $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Commented Aug 1, 2012 at 21:55
  • $\begingroup$ Ok, but clicking at a random example, gives exactly what I expect: votes:1 accepted, after that votes:3, ordered by votes... $\endgroup$
    – draks ...
    Commented Aug 1, 2012 at 21:59
  • $\begingroup$ Hmm. For me all possible orderings give accepted first; however on the example linked in your question only active ordering gave the accepted first. Strange... $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Commented Aug 1, 2012 at 22:01
  • $\begingroup$ Order by activity. $\endgroup$
    – user2468
    Commented Aug 2, 2012 at 0:12

1 Answer 1


Normally, accepted answers are “docked” under the question. This is not true for owner accepted answers [i.e. when the asker accepts their own answer]; they stay in standard sort order like any other answer.

—"Accept Your Own Answers" on the Stack Exchange blog, via https://meta.stackoverflow.com/search?q=accepted+answer+top :)

  • $\begingroup$ Thank you very much... $\endgroup$
    – draks ...
    Commented Aug 2, 2012 at 6:57

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