The way answers are ranked across the Stack Exchange Network is that an accepted answer appears first, followed by the other answers in decreasing order of votes. If there is no accepted answer then the answers are listed solely by votes.
I would like to argue that while this might make sense for some (most?) Stack Exchange sites, it does not make sense for Mi Yodeya.
…Except when there is an accepted answer. Then it always appears first. Regardless of sort order. This one little inconsistency was added as a way to highlight the importance of an answer which is presumed to have actually helped at least one person solve an actual problem they faced. In practice, other readers tend to agree with the asker in the vast majority of cases.
A similar argument is made in this answer:
I think the accepted answer should always be first because
The asker has decided it works.
In your example (which is arguably a very narrow corner case), it would potentially make sense to have the most popular answer listed first.
However, 99.999999% of questions asked aren't about theory or hypotheticals. They are of the form:
I have this specific problem and/or error message from the below code. How can I fix this/get the desired outcome?
For those cases, what everyone else thinks arguably doesn't matter very much. What matters is what actually fixes the issue, which only the OP can tell us.
The thinking here seems to be that if the questioner had a problem and an answer resolved it, the questioner can tell us which answer worked, and that is an indication of the answer's value. (This is, of course, assuming we trust the questioner not to lie or be otherwise deceitful.)
However, on Mi Yodeya the questions are not about practical problems that can the be claimed to be solved. (In fact, questions about practical issues are considered off-topic.) To paraphrase from the above quote:
99.999999% of questions asked are about theory or hypotheticals.
That is to say that people are asking questions that cannot be empirically verified. If someone asks "what is Judaism's view on evolution?" there is no way for them to say that an answer "worked for them". This is not a question about what works; it is a question about what Judaism believes. If one answer says Judaism believes in evolution and another answer says Judaism decries evolution, why should we care which answer the questioner likes better? Him liking it better is absolutely meaningless. This is certainly true when another answer has more votes, but even if the votes are equal the questioner's opinion should hold no greater weight than any other voter's opinion (and perhaps should hold less weight because the very fact that he asked the question is likely indicative of a lack of expertise in this area).
So can anyone offer an argument for why the questioner's opinion should matter on a site like Mi Yodeya where answers are not practical solutions?
If not, is there a way that this feature can be changed for Mi Yodeya? (I imagine this is unlikely.)
Does anyone agree/disagree?
There are a limited number of questions that are the sort where a questioner can say that something worked, such as many questions under the how-to tag. Nevertheless, these are only a small percentage of the questions on this site (and are probably most likely to get disputed as off-topic because they don't necessarily relate to Judaism. See the debate here.)