I would like to request a better way of 'reminding' someone to accept an answer or at least up-vote ones that the OP found helpful. While I know some of these problems exist from 'hit-and-run' questioners (they get the answer and don't interact with SO until they need another question answered) some, I assume, just forget.
I've had multiple answers where the OP would comment 'Thanks!' or something similar and are still active on SO. I know that commenting on their comment or question would notify them, but I don't want to do this for 2 reasons:
While I DO want the points for reputation because they have actual consequences (more privileges) I DON'T want to make people think I am hounding someone for the rep. Mostly, I would just like it to work how the rules state it should.
Commenting shouldn't be used for reminders, they are supposed to be used for commenting! I know you can remove the comment later but that seems to be a convoluted way of just getting someone's attention.
I think making some kind of 'attention requested' section on the profile page would be nice where people that answer could 'request attention' on a given question so a question poster would remember the courtesy of rewarding people that are helping them. The user would then have to do some action (up-vote, select an answer, or state they are satisfied with the current state of things) for it to be removed from the 'attention requested' section.
To emphasize this, there could be a penalty system put in place that could start deducting points, maybe one point a day everyday after a week after the 'attention was requested.' Once the user takes an action (up-vote, select an answer, or state they are satisfied with the current state of things) the points would be returned to him/her.
Is this a viable feature that could eventually be implemented? If not, are there plans for something similar being introduced?