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[BUG]Answers list by votes - incorrect order

Either it's a bug (edit: this IS a bug) or I really do not understand how the vote sort order works for the answers. For example, in this thread I use the default answer sort order by vote: https://answers.sap.com/questions/39855/is-a-hashed-table-sorted.html

What I see is my answer on top with just 1 vote. It has "best answer" next to it (is it because OP chose it?). But even if we take that out of the equation, the other answers are listed as 3, 0, -2, and 0 votes. Since -2 is less than 0, I'd expect it to be at the bottom of the list. Why isn't it?

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  • Is there any update on this? The downvoted nonsense still shows up on top of the answers because it's sorted not by the actual "rating" (i.e. result of the up/down votes) but by the number of votes cast. Exhibit A.

    This defeats the up/down voting system. The whole point was to elevate the valuable answers and let the nonsense sink to the bottom. Now it's almost the other way around.

  • Hi, Jelena:

    I believe there will be a sync -- and a bug fix -- next week that might finally resolve this, but you know me...I'm hesitant to promise anything. I learned my lesson the hard way.

    But, of course, I or another team member will let everyone know when this has been resolved. Other members have raised the issue as well...

    Anyway, I hope to have good news (or an update) soon.

    Best regards,

    --Jerry

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  • Nov 01, 2016 at 04:12 PM

    It just looks as there was done some work, but I don't think it is fixed, at least not in the way I would expect the sorting by votes.

    I see that your reply in this discussion has now moved to the last page :-)

    But there are still replies with 0 votes after that.

    An answer can have 0 votes because nobody voted. These are listed currently at the very end, beyond the highest number of down-votes

    An answer can show 0 votes if one person up-voted and a second person down-voted. These are currently listed between the last reply with a positive total of votes and the first reply with a negative total of votes.

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    • The more I think about it the more I agree. I don't frequent StackOverflow but in several cases when searching for non-SAP answers I've also noticed that the top voted or chosen by the OP answer was not the one I was looking for. And several times the actual helpful answers was somewhere in the middle of the thread.

      Also good point brought by Veselina - it's important to see the context in which the answer was given. Unfortunately it's still not unusual on SCN to see the original post turn into a completely different question somewhere in the middle. So if the last answer is moved to the top it's impossible to see that it's not, in fact, the answer to OP.

      And, of course, even "most popular" is still not necessarily "best" or even correct. So really, chronological order seems to make more and more sense. The votes are still very helpful, don't get me wrong, but sorting by them might be a mistake.

      I'd be curious what all those people who claimed SCN Beta was wonderful think about all this but they seem to be MIA.

  • Nov 01, 2016 at 06:55 AM
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    Hi Jelena,

    This seems to be fixed now. Please confirm.

    Regards,

    Moshe

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  • Nov 16, 2016 at 03:29 PM

    Hello,

    Thanks, I will create a bug ticket.

    Regards,

    Moshe

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