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If I retrieve a question like so:

I expect the answers to be sorted by votes, but they're not.

How can I do this?

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I believe the sort=votes parameter is for when you are retrieving multiple questions in one API call, such as with this URL - the questions in the response are ordered by vote.;2383701;619895?sort=votes&type=jsontext

In terms of how you could sort the responses - you do have the up + the down vote count from which you could sort on your application side, or you could make another request to the api with the extracted answer IDs and sort=votes, which is really a waste of resources when you already have all the data.

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Hmmm... I never thought of sorting on the application side. I'll look into that. – Nathan Osman May 29 '10 at 21:10
@George - OR you could take the questions/{id}/answers route and specify sort. sort on /questions/{id} applies to the question(s) returned. {id} is vectorized in both cases (in all cases, infact). – Kevin Montrose May 30 '10 at 5:23
@Kevin: Oh, okay. I just thought it was wasteful to fetch the question and then all the answers. I guess it won't hurt if the first request has body=false set. – Nathan Osman May 30 '10 at 5:45
@George - /questions/{id} only gives you the first "page" of answers anyway. If its the full set of answers (by answer_count) you should do the sort locally. Otherwise a second request is necessary anyway, might as well have the sorting done on our end. – Kevin Montrose May 30 '10 at 6:24

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