Should people be required to either accept an answer or delete the question if it has been live for a certain period of time (say 1 month) without any traffic (i.e. comment or answer)?
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I disagree with this idea. We can't force OP to accept our/anyone's answer. It totally depends on OP whether to accept the answer or not. And why to delete a question if it is a real or a constructive question?
No, this makes no sense. I've had a few questions receive an answer which doesn't actually answer the question correctly or for whatever other reason don't solve the problem.
Accepting that "answer" is actually worse than not accepting an answer.
One question may answered again in the future, also existing answers can be reference to what they try to this question - and maybe some of them work even if they not have been accepted.
Also there is the case that many users hit one two questions, and then disappear from the site and not accept the answer that they have get.
I disagree also with this idea.