When I view the answers to this question, sorted by votes, the accepted answer appears at the top, although it has only 14 votes, and the other answer has 24. Fine, that's what I expected, acceptance trumps votes.

However, when I view the answers to this other question (still sorting by votes), the unaccepted answer with 2 votes is at the top, and the accepted answer with 1 vote is below it. Why is that? (In this case the user who asked the question accepted his own answer, but I don't see why that would make a difference.)

  • 1
    Presumably because it's self-answered (and self-accepted) at a guess...
    – Valorum
    May 7, 2015 at 11:13
  • That was my best guess, but I don't see why that would make a difference.
    – user14111
    May 7, 2015 at 11:16
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    Dunno. Ask a mod. They should know the answer.
    – Valorum
    May 7, 2015 at 11:21

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It's because the answer on the second question was self-accepted. In this case, acceptance doesn’t trump votes.

Quoting from Meta.se, How does accepting an answer work?:

If you accept:

  • someone else's answer: You get +2 rep and the author of the accepted answer gets +15 rep.
  • your own answer: There is no reputation awarded and the answer does not float to the top of the list. This can be done no earlier than 48 hours after the question is asked.
  • 2
    See. I said that.
    – Valorum
    May 7, 2015 at 18:12

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