When sorting answers by oldest, does it go from when the answer was posted, or when it was last edited?

I answered a partial answer to a question, and while trying to work out the rest of the answer, another answer was posted, apparently within a few seconds of mine. I clicked to sort by oldest, to see if I had been ninja'd and it listed mine first. Later, after editing in the rest of the solution, I sorted by oldest again, and my answer was listed as being after the other.

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    $\begingroup$ I'm assuming you're referring to this. Note that while sorting by oldest sorts answers by time of posting, the accepted answer is always at the top, regardless of when it was posted. (Reference) $\endgroup$
    – Ankoganit
    Feb 11, 2017 at 6:01
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, that's the question that triggered the question. That makes sense, but I didn't find that in a quick search of the help files. $\endgroup$
    – Herb
    Feb 11, 2017 at 6:06

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"Oldest" sorts by time of posting. If you want to sort by the time since the last edit, pick active.


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