How can I find the highest ranked ANSWERS on the site?


I recently was a part of Which word begins with "y" and looks like an axe in this picture? and have tried to see other high voted answers (trying to see if this is the All-Time record holder - currently at 753)

Was able to sort by highest ranked person etc but not this that I can find...

*the answer was provided by https://english.meta.stackexchange.com/users/55623/dan-bron

ps Does anyone else feel like this is the place where everything u type is going to be seen by the best in the grammar world?

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    Go to the search box. Type is:a, it will list all answers and only answers. Change sort to by votes. Voila. And I find most people on this site find novel grammar interesting, rather than judging it. Like a lepidopterologist capturing a a new specimen. Well, mostly ;)
    – Dan Bron
    Commented Jul 8, 2017 at 2:35
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    everything u type is going to be seen by the best in the grammar world? -- literally true! So I always try to aspire to linguistic perfection when posting anything here -- I was thinking what search might help you... Then Dan Bron posted an 'inside search' method and it works like a charm! The Swedish axe is indeed the new record for most upvoted answer, surpassing the previous record, set 6 years back, by another 50% (half as much again in plain English) and counting... Commented Jul 8, 2017 at 2:38
  • Did that graphic designer ever get back to you, BTW? Inquiring minds want to know!
    – Dan Bron
    Commented Jul 8, 2017 at 2:42
  • english.stackexchange.com/search?q=score%3A400
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Jul 8, 2017 at 3:55

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You can restrict your search to answers only with is:a (help lists this and other advanced search tips) and then click the "votes" tab. You should end up here. As you can see, as of now, it's the highest scoring answer... on ELU.

But what about the whole SE network?

I made a query that selects the top 10 answers from each site (including metas). Stack Overflow easily outscores every other site, with the highest-scoring answer having a net score of 24791.

  • I ask a question. | Several helpful replies | I feel at home here | haiku = thanks (not able to format)
    – thedrake
    Commented Jul 8, 2017 at 4:46
  • Great answer, @Laurel, yours! I upvote. You have also linked to the most upvoted answer ever on SE, which seems excellent indeed, except that computer code is all Greek to me. Commented Jul 8, 2017 at 5:44

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