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I received this comment telling me not to "beg" for upvotes/mark as correct.

I posted the "offending" comment because the OP was asking his first question, and because he left a comment thanking me for my help and telling me he had found the solution thanks to me. Generally in that case I remind the user to please mark my answer as correct and/or upvote if they found it helpful.

I do NOT ask for upvotes/accepts unless the user is new and leaves a "thanks" comment instead of upvote/accept.

I don't consider this begging, I consider this reminding new users not to leave answered questions marked as unanswered, and to use the feedback system. I can see where mentioning an upvote might be considered a different matter than accepts.

Was I in the wrong? If so, what line did I cross?


As one of the commenters pointed out, I do feel the question linked below directly addresses the topic I wanted to bring up. I'll avoid mentioning upvotes in the future. Thanks.

Do you feel dirty if you nudge new users to accept your answer when they indicate you've answered their question?

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marked as duplicate by Servy, Bart, Shadow Wizard, ben is uǝq backwards, PearsonArtPhoto Nov 8 '13 at 20:15

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Read through some of the questions in the "related" tab. There are lots of questions on the topic. –  Servy Nov 8 '13 at 19:53
In all fairness if they've explicitly said your answer (and only your answer) helped them then it seems fair enough. I might have phased it as accepting an answer however (which would inevitably end up being yours) –  Richard Tingle Nov 8 '13 at 19:56
Thanks, I did read through suggested questions before posting but somehow the "related questions" seem to be more on topic. Even so, this is in reference specifically to a single question where the user indicated that they felt my answer was the best one, not a user who habitually fails to accept/upvote. –  pseudocoder Nov 8 '13 at 19:57
I wouldn't have mentioned upvoting however, not least because a user at 1 rep can't upvote –  Richard Tingle Nov 8 '13 at 19:59
@RichardTingle Thanks for the feedback, I will keep those things in mind. –  pseudocoder Nov 8 '13 at 19:59
While i have to admit the wording "begging" might have been a little harsh, as well as not being correct. I should've used "asking" in this case. I don't see anything wrong in encouraging users to accept answers, it was the phrasing of your comment, which made me post that comment. "... please upvote and/ or mark the answer as correct." Where the or emphasizes upvote part even more. In addition the OP (being new) doesn't gain anything from that. And i don't think a short explanation why he should consider accepting an answer would have taken that more time and would leave less noise. –  C5H8NNaO4 Nov 8 '13 at 20:05
@C5H8NNaO4 Thanks for your feedback, I will be more careful in this area in the future. –  pseudocoder Nov 8 '13 at 20:25
@pseudocoder :) You're welcome. It's not about being careful, but rather about that you can be constructive by helping new users with a simple effort of rephrasing a comment :) (btw this one is much worse) –  C5H8NNaO4 Nov 8 '13 at 20:32
@pseudocoder Btw Thanks, for your comments too, i should consider rephrasing my comments, too. As "begging" may sound insulting to users. –  C5H8NNaO4 Nov 8 '13 at 20:43

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up vote 9 down vote accepted

Suggesting a new user accepts an answer is reasonable enough if they state that as a result of the answers their problem is solved. I would avoid suggesting it be your answer however (although it is likely to end up that way)

I wouldn't have mentioned upvoting however, not least because a user at 1 rep can't upvote

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The guy who was correcting me also suggested linking stackoverflow.com/about to new users who fail to accept. I thought that was a good idea. –  pseudocoder Nov 8 '13 at 20:24

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