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Moderators accepting answers on user's behalf after a certain time period

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I know it is unacceptable to mark "obviously correct" answers by drive-by users as accepted in general, but if they actually leave a comment stating that the answer is correct and then abandon the site, I think an exception could be made.

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marked as duplicate by Josh Caswell, Mat, Mark Trapp, kiamlaluno, random Nov 29 '11 at 13:52

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up vote 6 down vote accepted

No one should be able to take an action on behalf of a user, be that a simple upvote, downvote, or acceptance. While there are automatic protocols to protect against suspect voting patterns, those are not intended to counter legitimate voting behavior, including the lack of voting.

While answer acceptance is the desired outcome, it is not the only means we have of identifying and rewarding good, useful, and correct answers. The acceptance checkmark is but one piece, and only the original asker can use it, but the rest of us can provide our input with our votes. Without the checkmark, our votes still accurately identify a viable solution, even if the user does not mark it is the solution.

Indeed, in your own examples, one answer has six upvotes, the other is the only answer and is also upvoted. The system is working, checkmark or not. Let it be.

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thanks, that solved it :p –  Tobias Kienzler Nov 29 '11 at 10:31

As much as it annoys me when a person does that with their question... does it really matter? Yes, someone should have gotten +15 uncapped rep. But is it truly that important that the person get their rep?

Sure, I've been bitten by this, where a one-timer asks a question, I answer, they comment that it's fixed, and then disappear into the aether. But it's just 15 rep. Let it go.

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I don't care about the rep, it's just helpful to see that a question has an accepted answer in the question list already –  Tobias Kienzler Nov 29 '11 at 10:32

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