Yesterday, I am pretty sure I accepted an answer given by a poster named HLKEM to this question here. However, just now I went back to add some relevant details, and the green checkmark signifying that the answer was chosen by me as been the best was no longer present. I am sure I did not remove it. The checkmark seen right now was placed there by myself prior to writing this.

Secondarily, the order of the answers seem to have been swapped. Although @Scaahu's answer has one more up vote (3) than HLKEM's(2), its been moved downwards in the answers listed. Usually, answers are rated in descending order by # of up-votes, no?

What could have happened?

  • question timeline shows that there was only one accept. Your reputation tab seems to show the same (see +2 events from accepting)
    – gnat
    Jan 1, 2015 at 12:55
  • @gnat Okay, but even so, why would the answer with the higher up votes be below the answer with the lesser up votes?
    – Anthony
    Jan 1, 2015 at 14:32
  • 2
    Every user can decide to sort answers by active/oldest/vote. I may not see them in the same order you do. Jan 1, 2015 at 19:33
  • meta.stackexchange.com/a/110465/165773
    – gnat
    Jan 1, 2015 at 20:23

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I don't see anything suspicious in the post history. Is it possible that you mis-clicked or accidentally clicked again to unaccept it?

As for the sorting, the accepted answer is always shown first regardless of voting, unless it's a self-answer. If you accept your own answer to your question it is sorted by votes. You can use the controls on any question to sort answers by age, most-recently active, or score; the default is score.

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