Why is it that the top voted answer always appears on top if the accepted answer is created by the asker himself? Usually if the answer is accepted by the asker, it worked for him, so why wouldn't that be on top in this situation?
From Meta Stack Exchange:
Can I accept my own self-answer?
Yes; if you've self-answered your own question, you can mark your answer as the accepted answer. There are some differences, though, that exist in order to ensure everyone gets a fair shot at answering:
- Accepting your own answer won't award you any reputation.
- The question must be at least 48 hours old before you can accept a self-answer.
- Self-answers that are accepted will never be pinned to the top.
"Self-answers that are accepted will never be pinned to the top."
This rule stays intact though there has been a recent change in the way answers are pinned (read this for more information: Unpinning the accepted answer from the top of the list of answers).
This rule also applies to Ask Ubuntu Meta (read this for more information: https://meta.askubuntu.com/a/19793).