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Granted most of the questions asked here are way over my head but in the rare occasion where I see a question I can assist with, Im more than happy to offer my time.

I just looked up one of my old answers and saw that the user basically took my answer, changed the directory a little, submitted it and chose it as the accepted answer? Does this happen often?

I guess this kinda irked me..

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I find that dumb as well. +1 for you :3 –  GManNickG Sep 24 '09 at 22:18
    
If you want an answer from the OP, why he didn't accept your answer, you should comment his question, not your answer. –  Ladybug Killer Sep 25 '09 at 8:00
    
its behind me, besides, what good would it do? –  Locutus Sep 25 '09 at 11:33
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I don't know, DataPimp. You asked the question ;) –  Ladybug Killer Sep 25 '09 at 12:32
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I've even seen someone copy the correct answer into someone else's wrong answer, and then accept that for a bounty... stackoverflow.com/questions/767236/… Odd ;-) –  Arjan Mar 19 '10 at 13:10
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I don't think that guy was being malicious (after all he doesn't get any rep for accepting his own answer).

Basically I think the issue just came down to the fact that the folder you pointed to didn't exist on his machine, and he wasn't familiar enough with windows to know that C:/Documents and Settings/ is the Windows XP structure and that he should replace it with C:/Users for his Windows 7 install.

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In this case, the users told DataPimp exactly why he wasn't accepting it. The reason is because DataPimp's answer was wrong on Win 7. Obviously, the user could have dealt with it better. –  devinb Sep 25 '09 at 12:55
    
But, the user was still correct, because DataPimp's answer didn't answer the question. –  devinb Sep 25 '09 at 12:56
    
(Just for the archives, as the OP removed the link to the question: the copied answer is stackoverflow.com/questions/1458086/…, originally posted as "DataPimp", now owned by "Leroy Jenkins".) –  Arjan Mar 19 '10 at 16:59
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I've had this happen. It sucks... The user had a chance to reward you for your help, and didn't. Some people are like that. Just brush it off and move on.

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If it was a pure copy, I would be mad, but I think there is a bit of difference to show that he did try your version and it didn't help him. - And as TM said, he probably did not realise / understand.

I had a similar issue on Superuser.com where I posted a link showing you need to use %userprofile%\something (I forget now), and then the owner, about 20 minutes later wrote the full thing "C:\users\name\something" and accepted, where as if he actually tried my thing, it should have worked on any version of Windows.

He even wrote, I went to My computer and could not find the %userprofile% directory... oh well!

Also, you don't know, he may have given you an upvote in that thread :S

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Yeah, I think the issue in this particular thread is just that the asker didn't even realize that the other guy answered his question correctly. It's easy to assume a certain level of knowledge that isn't always there. –  TM. Sep 24 '09 at 22:38
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@TM +1 I agree... I haven't looked in to this person, but unless he had done it several times, like in my example, I do not think it is malicious. –  William Hilsum Sep 24 '09 at 22:39
    
Oh I agree not malicious, but seriously... how close does it have to be.. once he found the directory and deleted it, you would think.. hmmm, that sure sounds familiar. :) Shog9 is right, its past me now. –  Locutus Sep 24 '09 at 23:39
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