I'm kind of curious what kinds of criteria other people go through when selecting the correct answer to their questions. Here's what I consider when selecting the answer to my question:
- Is the answer objective? It's easy to pick out biased answers. Usually they involve a statement along the lines of "x sucks, you should ALWAYS use y."
- Do other members seem to support the answer? Has it gotten a significant number of +1 posts or has it been voted up a number of times?
- Is the answer the most thorough? Does it have an example?
With that said, there are a couple of BAD reasons to choose an answer in my opinion:
- The answer is what you want to hear. My biggest pet peeve is when somebody asks what ostensibly appears to be a valid question, but is really just a thinly veiled attempt to get someone to agree with them. Thus, the question usually ends up showing a certain bias. And guess which answer gets selected? The one that confirms that bias.
- Nobody posted a better answer. If you don't see a good enough answer, don't select one.
I'm sure there are a few things I'm leaving out, plus some of what I've said may be arguable. What is everyone else's take on this?