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Answers order is changed when we access a specific answer by its direct link
Not sure if this is a bug, or status-by-design (for now, tagged as bug just in case)
When accessing an answer by its direct link, its order (relative to all other answers) is changed.
Example: if I go to this question, the answers are displayed by Score (I guess this is the default?), with highest scores first. If I click on the sort options ("Score" or "Active"), it all works well.
But if I access that post using a direct link to a specific answer, that answer is displayed before all the others, even though it has the lowest score. That happens even if I explicitly choose to sort the answers by Score: clicking on "Score", the link changes to this, and it still shows that specific answer (which has a lower score) before the others with higher scores.
That happens only if the link contains an answer ID. Summary:
- Links to question: OK (answers displayed in correct order)
- Links to specific answer: Not OK (the specific answer is displayed before the other answers, although it has a lower score)
Is it intentional that the display order of answers is changed like that when we access it by an answer's direct link?