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Randomize order of answers with same score


Answers are shown in order according to their score derived from their votes. However, for answers with the same score, they seem to be shown in chronological order of creation time. This tends to "feature" earlier answers higher than later answers, even if the later answers have been rated the same by the community.

It would be better if the display order of answers with the same score were randomized. Or perhaps a small random amount is added to the score of all answers for the purpose of sorting them. That might cause slightly lower rated answers to occasionally be featured above other answers.

The purpose of featuring answers on average according to their score only, not creation date, is so that votes become more representative of their quality. It was pretty clear from another Q&A site that upvotes on good answers were influenced by how they were featured.

This is not a high priority, but I would like it to at least be on the eventual plan.

Why should this post be closed?


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Since it's easy: yes, done - going live in the next build.


Does MVP remain "We order answers by score, with newer answers winning ties." ? ‭pnuts‭ about 2 months ago

@pnuts: That would be favoring newer answers. The system should strive to not add bias to the voting. ‭Olin Lathrop‭ about 2 months ago

@OlinLathrop Agreed. Mild concern is a common "ideal", which both implementations strive for (that's @luap42 20200707 on Discord about C# and Qpixel), and MVP was (s/h been?) consensus, whereas above looks unilateral. ‭pnuts‭ about 2 months ago

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