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This correctly sort posts by thumbs vote (GD star rating plugin):

<?php query_posts('gdsr_sort=thumbs&post_type=bbp_reply&posts_per_page=2&post_parent='.$post->ID); ?>
<?php while ( have_posts() ) : the_post(); ?>
    <h2><?php  the_title(); ?></h2>
    <?php the_content(); ?>
<?php endwhile; ?>
<?php wp_reset_query(); ?>

But this doesn't sort them at all:

        <?php $custom_posts = new WP_Query(); ?>
        <?php $custom_posts->query('gdsr_sort=thumbs&post_type=bbp_reply&posts_per_page=2&post_parent='.$post->ID); ?>
        <?php while ($custom_posts->have_posts()) : $custom_posts->the_post(); ?>
            <div class="content-block-2">
                    <?php bbp_reply_author_link( array( 'type' => 'avatar' ) ); ?>
                    <?php bbp_reply_author_link( array( 'type' => 'name' ) ); ?>
                <a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>" title="<?php printf( esc_attr__( 'Permalink to %s', 'twentyten' ), the_title_attribute( 'echo=0' ) ); ?>" rel="bookmark"><?php the_title(); ?></a>
            <?php the_content(); ?>

        <?php endwhile; ?>
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up vote 3 down vote accepted

It seems GD Star Rating uses get_query_var() to read query variables, which only reads this global $wp_query variable. query_posts() overwrites the global $wp_query variable, so it works there, but creating a new WP_Query (which is a good practice) will not work. You should contact the plugin author and ask for a fix.

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Still not fixed as of latest version 1.9.10. Thanks for the info, Jan. – Tom Auger Aug 2 '11 at 18:12
I hardcoded the get parameters to always sort, maybe that helps somebody else:add_action("init", "MuviceInit",1); function MuviceInit() { global $muvice; $_GET["gdsr_sort"]='thumbs'; $_GET["gdsr_order"]='desc'; $muvice = new Muvice(); } – Cilvic Mar 31 '12 at 13:17

Cilvic's advice works for me. Just set the GET parameters before using WP_Query.

$_GET['gdsr_sort'] = 'rating';
$_GET['gdsr_order'] = 'desc';
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