Related questions have been asked. But clearly the answers are not ordered by the most votes,
The answers to this question, Where were "should", "shall", and "must" in the 18th Century?, are in arbitrary order by vote total: 85, 5, 93.
For many questions the highest-voted answer is first, but the others are not ordered in any discernible way. Does protecting stop the resort? Just curious.
This question, Did English ever have a formal version of "you"?, has answers with votes as follows in the order they appear: 557, 23, 14, 48, 53, 111.
perhaps the sorting occurs only after certain events,