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Should users give a reason in the form of a comment why they are accepting an answer?

I would hesitate and say it should be required, but should it be strongly encouraged?

And strongly encourage by popping up a box if the asker hasn't commented on the answer they are accepting asking them if they want to give a comment why this answer works.

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up vote 3 down vote accepted

I think the reason why a user accepts an answer is implied... The solution works and is the best/most elegant one provided.

If the solution doesn't answer your question but helps you solve it on your own, then you might want to provide a comment saying why you accepted it.

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It's assumed, and rightly so, that they accept it because it works. The reason is implicit to the action.

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Here is an example about why an explanation by the author made sense and should be given.… If the author didn't put it on people might wonder why accepted one got 1 vote over 14. – David Basarab Aug 24 '09 at 20:42
I don't think any of the comments on that answer helped explain anything. I participated in that discussion and I can tell you that the only reason that answer was accepted is that it happened to agree with the OP's opinion. – EBGreen Aug 24 '09 at 20:47

If no answer satisfies your question, you can always answer it yourself and accept your own answer, explaining why none of the existing answers solved the problem.

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