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I recently answered a question here. 2 minutes later, another person answered the question.

I noticed that after visiting the question a few more times, my answer seemed to switch with the other answer and vice-versa a couple of times. Both of our answers have 0 score, there are no other answers, and mine answered first.

My question is, how do you determine the order of answers with the same score? I would have thought that it is based on when the answers were written, but since these answers are switching, it can't be the case.

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It is random at each page-load, so that one is not favoured over the other. Higher questions are more likely to be read/voted upon, hence randomising it helps make sure all have equal exposure.

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  • This makes sense. I was thinking of it like that. May 2 '15 at 6:52

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