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What happens if the user who asked the question has removed his account?

Like this one: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/169625/regex-to-check-if-valid-url-that-ends-in-jpg-png-or-gif

Who would approve an answer to his question?

There are two possible solutions to this case:

  1. Choose the top voted question.
  2. The answer will be chosen by some moderator.
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Is this really a feature request? –  Ladybug Killer Sep 18 '09 at 9:11
    
If functionality/feature does not exists - I'd like to request it :) –  Eran Betzalel Sep 18 '09 at 12:50
    
You can't remove your account. You have to ask for it to be removed. –  Brad Gilbert Sep 18 '09 at 14:43
    
@Brad: ...And the question still remains –  Eran Betzalel Sep 18 '09 at 15:07

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In the cases of ghost and deleted accounts, nobody is available to accept an answer. All answers will just sit there gathering the stray vote.

oh for they will run but they will not run fast enough

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I like the image of the stray-vote gatherer. I imagine he does it when he's not catching children or charming rats –  Rich Seller Sep 18 '09 at 9:18
    
Well, sort of on your thought... –  random Sep 18 '09 at 10:13
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This looks like a twisted form of StackOverflow goatse... maybe you could call it votese??? –  John Rasch Sep 18 '09 at 15:29
    
That so does not look like a burlap sack. –  random Sep 18 '09 at 15:34
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(-1) pictures for no reason is basically spam. –  devinb Sep 18 '09 at 16:48
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@devinb, you have a weird definition for spam! –  Ladybug Killer Sep 18 '09 at 18:15
    
@devinb The reason is in Rich Seller's comment. –  random Sep 19 '09 at 2:13

As for automatically accepting top vote answers, see this question:

auto-accept-unaccepted-but-correctly-answered-questions-after-some-time

My answer was:

There are many questions that do not have satisfying answers for the OP, even though answers are upvoted by the community. Accepting is totally up to the OP, as it is a means to reward the answerer. Doing this automatically would actually be missleading as it would look as if the OP awarded the points, thinks that his problem is solved, and therefore late answers after some time would be discouraged. The OPs accept rate would be flawed as well. Would the OP be able to unaccept the answer, and accept an other one? Or leave it with no accepted answer to start the game again?

This holds as well for the moderator accepting.

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