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Why does StackOverflow make you wait 2-x minutes before you can accept an answer?

I asked a question and a person answered it. Now if I try to accept it the system asks me to wait as illustrated by the image below:


Why is this so?

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marked as duplicate by Aaron Bertrand, ChrisF, Toon Krijthe, Bart, Michael Petrotta Jul 25 '12 at 15:10

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

To prevent abuse, there's a wait time. – JimmyPena Jul 25 '12 at 14:52
And What sort of abuse is this..??? – AlphaMale Jul 25 '12 at 14:54
Rewarding the fastest answerer even if it may not be the best answer. See… and… – Aaron Bertrand Jul 25 '12 at 15:01
@Lix The message box doesn't say why, which was the subject of this question. – JimmyPena Jul 25 '12 at 15:24
@aaronBertrand Sir And what if answer completely fulfils what you want..?? still cant accept.. – AlphaMale Jul 25 '12 at 15:33
@AlphaMale no offense, but if the very first answer completely fulfills what you want, a very simple search may have yielded an answer even faster. Someone took time out of their day to read your search query, provide an answer, you can wait 15 minutes to check the box. – Aaron Bertrand Jul 25 '12 at 16:10
I find it ironic that you waited almost four months to accept the only answer. :-) – Aaron Bertrand Nov 20 '12 at 15:28
I haven't been to meta... Thats why.. – AlphaMale Nov 20 '12 at 18:12
up vote 4 down vote accepted

There is a minimum time that must pass before accepting an answer. See this question:

Why does StackOverflow make you wait 2-x minutes before you can accept an answer?

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To be accepted in 11, 10, 9... – Daniel Fischer Jul 25 '12 at 14:52

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