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Do I close the question? Accept his answer? Post a response that it didn't work? Downvote him? Re-ask the requestion?

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If it doesn't answer your question, then explain why (either in a comment on the answer itself, or by editing your question and leaving a comment).

Then down-vote it.

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If it isnt correct, then don't say it is.

Unresolved questions do get prodded and poked automaticly every now and then to get more attention.

Edit: I was looking for another question that would have been fantastic to quote, but I can't find it. Instead, take a look at this one

If the answers on your question slate don't suit or solve your needs, don't arbitrarily accept any answer just for the sake of a higher accept rate. 70% and higher is good, but you don't need to shoot for the 100% moon.

Wait some on the lingering questions, it's fine, really it is. Not all questions have to be solved and green-boxed out of vision within a day.

If the information landscape around that question changes, you may see an acceptable answer pop up. An answerer that would have otherwise not seen or bothered with your question if you did accept one willy-nilly.

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Isn't an upvoted answer considered resolved? –  Paul Tarjan Sep 6 '09 at 20:45
    
@Paul - No. It just indicates that the community agrees with the answer and it is most likely the solution for the problem. It helps avoid the same answer being posted 20 times. –  Diago Sep 6 '09 at 20:50
    
Paul: I once asked a question on SO about bubble sorting. After about one week, there was a clear 'winner' in who the community though was the correct answer. It had nearly twice the number of upvotes of the second highest question. To bad that question was fundamentally wrong. –  David Pearce Sep 6 '09 at 20:57
    
I'm guessing Paul is referring to the unanswered tab –  John the Seagull Sep 6 '09 at 21:07
    
Yes, I was referring to the unanswered tab, which is where I personally go to find people that need help. A single upvote won't show it in there. –  Paul Tarjan Sep 6 '09 at 21:14

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