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Asked: Aug 01 '11 at 14:14

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Last updated: Aug 03 '11 at 07:46

I run into this all the time...Two people post comments quickly, and I cannot figure out how to respond to the first person BEFORE the second person's comment...I just am not as "glued" to IQ as tightly as some people, I guess...LOL!

This is a real problem when the first comment is a good one, and the second one is goofy (I refuse to mention anyone specific here, for obvious reasons...)

Blessings, Jai

asked Aug 01 '11 at 14:14

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If by "comment" you mean "answer" then, as far as I'm aware, this is a deliberate design decision in the software and you cannot change it.

The idea is that by ranking answers initially in the order that they are posted, you encourage people to come up with answers quickly otherwise they risk ending up a long way down the page where less people will see them.

The idea of these Q&A style sites is, after all, ultimately to help those with questions find their answers as quickly as possible.

Of course, as you say, some of the answers may be "goofy" so the voting system then re-orders those answers in line with the community view of them according to how many votes they received, which is why it is important for people to vote for what they like.

So voting is not really about gathering and giving points as much as it is about separating "good" answers from "not-so-good" answers. The theory is that "good" answers, if people vote for them, should eventually rise to the top regardless of when they were posted.

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answered Aug 02 '11 at 03:55

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I was referring to a comment such as this one...Not the "answers" section:o) Jai

(Aug 02 '11 at 14:49) Jaianniah

Okay. As far as I am aware, there is no way to change the order of comments. But a comment that is voted for more than others will remain more visible than others.

(Aug 03 '11 at 07:46) Simon Templeton ♦♦
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