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The best answer can change over time (and should be re-assignable as such); and the asking person may be the best resource to eventually answer their own question (it is a problem dearer to them than to us).

That said, would it be considered an appropriate action to automatically flag for review a newly minted self-accepted answer in the event that the question was answered three or more months prior?

Flagging for review doesn't imply that the user did something wrong, it just implies that a moderator would need to inspect the situation to determine that the user either:

  • Found some new solution, detail, or evidence that improved upon the answer and as such should be captured through the existing self-answer mechanism.


  • Determined that accepting their own answer with excerpts from a previously existing answers could benefit them in some way. (I already know that it won't give the acceptance points).

While the latter scenario borders anti-social behavior, a human needs to weigh in on whether anything truly odd occurred; hence the idea of auto-flagging instead of taking some (yet undetermined) action.

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It depends... if it was 99.9% copied directly from another answer then it's a bit low. If it's a mash-up of a couple of answers with a bit of your own work thrown in that answers the question better than any of the previous answers did, or even could be considered canonical then why not? –  ben is uǝq backwards May 3 '12 at 20:48
It's basically one sentence taken out of the previously accepted question (which rambled a bit as the poster kept editing and clarifying their question). This scenario is arguably low, but it could also be argued as "clarification". It requires a judgement call, hence a human with guidelines. Flagging seems to have semi-negative connotations, but is auto "request review" a good idea at all? –  Edwin Buck May 3 '12 at 21:19

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