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How does accepting an answer work?

When choosing between answers to a question, which aspects of the answer are the most important when selecting answer? This could include things such as:

  • Length
  • Inclusion of code snippets or samples
  • Are alternate answers ignored when an accepted answer is present?
  • Reputation of the poster
  • Other factors?
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marked as duplicate by Some Helpful Commenter, Brad Mace, jonsca, Toon Krijthe, Bart Aug 7 '12 at 8:07

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How about "does the answer work" or "did the answer help me"? – Rocket Hazmat Aug 6 '12 at 19:09
None of the listied things should have any bearing on choosing the accepted answer. – Rocket Hazmat Aug 6 '12 at 19:10

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One factor:

  • It is the answer that helped you most. Period.
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