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Good day ladies and gentlemen, I wonder how hard would it be to implement the possibility of accepting multiple answers, IT-wise. It arguably does happen that there is more than one good answer and there is no reasonable way to say that one is better than another. Accepting just one (usually based on throwing an n-sided die) because system doesn't allow you otherwise, is a solution I'd call a hack, were I programming it :)

Of course, this question is not terribly important, so feel free to close. But I think it would make things go more smoothly on many occasions. It might also lower the number of requests for community wiki (which usually arise because someone yells "There is no correct answer here!!!").

Is it worthwhile to try to implement the feature of being able to select multiple correct answers?

Relatedly, is there a discussion anywhere whether it would not make sense to alter voting/accepting system (in whatever way)? We are all familiar with 3pt answer being accepted and 100pt crawling somewhere under it (which is especially sad state of affairs when the 3pt answer is long). Or is everybody just so used to all these quirks you don't care anymore? :)

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Accepted answer is an answer that worked best for the OP. Can there be multiple answers that worked best? Sure, if they're identical. But then you have to select just one of them. –  user1306322 Oct 21 '13 at 16:23
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Ultimately upvotes are for when you think multiple answers are good. Two non identical things being exactly equal is possible, but unlikely –  Richard Tingle Oct 21 '13 at 16:24
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The issue is not technical - it is about semantics. An accept has very specific meaning and allowing more than one accept changes what it means (not to mention that some people would end up accepting all answers on a question, making the feature completely worthless). –  Oded Oct 21 '13 at 16:26
    
Also re your related part; there is a discussion here regarding net downvoted answers loosing their "stuck to the top" privileges –  Richard Tingle Oct 21 '13 at 16:36
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This is a feature-request, so not a dupe of that linked question. –  Lance Roberts Oct 21 '13 at 17:21

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The purpose of an accepted answer is to show which answer worked the best for you; emphasis best. If there are many exceptional answers upvote them all but the chance of two being literally equal is highly unlikely. (or if that is insufficient (as oden says); award bounties for as many exceptional answers as you see fit).

The ability to mark multiple accepted answers would be ripe for misunderstanding; people would often accept all answers that were good, rather than the singular best one; diluting its meaning.

It would also give too much power to the question OP; allowing them to pin multiple answers to the top irrespective of community voting. At present the OP's preferred answer is directly followed by the communities preferred answer and this is a desirable state of affairs

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Of course, one can offer and award a bounty for each exceptional answer. –  Oded Oct 21 '13 at 16:27

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