For some meta questions, the answers show up in a different order than by votes. That seems like a bug. This is on Google Chrome 25.0.1364.68 in linux.

example screenshot

The screenshot is from this question. Another example is this one, where the order of answers is: one with 0 votes, 2 votes, 3, 2, 6.

I would think this would have been caught before, which suggests that: either it's something local to my system, or: it's intentional and meta works very differently from how I would think it does...

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    Is the sort order by chance set to "oldest"? I swear I every now and then see that get reset somehow (maybe I just accidentally click on it, who knows).
    – Cascabel Mod
    Mar 26, 2013 at 2:59
  • I really do think that the unless you have an order picked the default is now random order... or my chrome and I.E. are broken as well. Mar 26, 2013 at 7:28
  • @sarge_smith which tab is it saying? Mar 26, 2013 at 12:52
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    @Erik please check which tab it has selected Mar 26, 2013 at 12:53
  • @MarcGravell I have no tab selected, and no tab is highlighted with the little box. Mar 26, 2013 at 23:57

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Check your sort order:

Answer sorting

It's fine on my end.

  • Ah excellent - I was fully aware of the sorting controls in the questions screen, but for some reason was completely blind to the sorting controls in the answers section. Fixed!
    – Erik P.
    Mar 26, 2013 at 14:00
  • Don't worry, it's a common mistake, seen it a bunch of times on Meta Stack Overflow. I hate the UI, there's no visual distinction at all, but there it is.
    – Aaronut
    Mar 27, 2013 at 2:36

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