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Often I write answers, and the person who wrote the question will comment "Thanks, that worked!" or similar, without accepting the answer. I usually feel really uncomfortable asking them to accept the answer, as I feel like it's fishing for reputation.

What's the community's thought on this? Should I comment asking for them to accept the answer?

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marked as duplicate by Bart, Andrew Barber, Josh Caswell, Bo Persson, Toon Krijthe Feb 25 '13 at 20:17

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Accepting answers is for the better of the site, not just your rep. When the OP says it worked I recommend them to mark the answer as accepted. –  madth3 Feb 25 '13 at 19:49
    
See this question:meta.stackexchange.com/questions/119197/… –  JonW Feb 25 '13 at 19:51
    
Related: meta.tex.stackexchange.com/questions/430/text-building-blocks section Please ‘accept’ an answer below –  tohecz Feb 25 '13 at 19:54
    
@tohecz I actually don't particularly like that message. –  Bart Feb 25 '13 at 19:58
    
@Bart I usually modify that one to suit the specific case. The text building blocks are important so that you don't have to start from zero every time, and you don't have to look up the corect links ;) –  tohecz Feb 25 '13 at 20:03

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If they are a new user, the easiest and least whore-like way to do it is to drop a link to the meta-faq entry in a comment:

How does accepting an answer work?

In general, though, accepting an answer is a completely optional activity. User's shouldn't feel obligated to accept answers, beyond letting them know that the option to click the checkmark is available to them.

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