I have a heartfelt suggestion to Stack overflow. I recently paticipated in this thread before it was bizarrely closed:
I correctly identified to the user that he had an improper lock situation and specified an actual fix for the user. The user responded by stating that it "Saved his life" and marked me as the answer.
Then (or most likely before mine got marked as the answer) a person who is well known in the industry and stack overflow with (100K status) came along and gave a good, but philisophical answer; but not one with a concrete action of what to do...
As mentioned my response was marked as the answer by the OP, and then the question was closed as "closed as not a real question" which really blows my mind, but that is not why I am posting this...
With the 100K persons answer, people saw his name and kept marking up his response even after the question was closed. It went from 10 to 20 and no one is marking up the actual answer.
I believe that this situation should be awarded with badges
- Cult-Of-Personality badge for anyone over 50K (or 100K) who has a post which is not marked as the answer but 15+ people upvote it as the answer.
- Paparazzi If the above #1 situation is identified anyone who upvoted the #1 gets this self explantory badge.
- BridesMaid If #1 occurs the poster who gets the actual answer for the question gets this for the statement "Always the bride's maid and never the bride".