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If I ask a question that states that I want some specific type of an answer, and still one of the answers suggest something that "overrides" my question but still helps me.

Like if the question is "What is the best way to use a pen to write something" and you get an answer saying "you really should use a pencil" (actual case is more complex of course).

Should I accept the "best correct answer" or the "most helpful answer"?

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up vote 5 down vote accepted

All accepting an answer means is

This answer helped me the most.

So even if it didn't answer your question, but helped you solve your problem you should probably accept it.

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Additionally, you may want to consider voting up those answers that either actually answer your question or you found helpful. Leaving a comment explaining that the accepted answer actually solved your problem but that some other answer actually answers the more general problem (for example) wouldn't hurt either. –  cdeszaq Mar 15 '12 at 15:55
    
@cdeszaq - feel free to edit that information into the answer. –  ChrisF Mar 15 '12 at 15:57
    
I would rather leave it as a comment, since I see it as related to the question, but not directly part of the answer. It's essentially "tangential" behavior and not nearly as crucial as the core idea of picking what helped the most. –  cdeszaq Mar 15 '12 at 15:59
    
thanks, I will follow this advice. –  epeleg Mar 15 '12 at 16:18

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