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I just stumbled across an old question of mine, realising it didn't yet have any accepted answer. However, when I viewed the page, I noticed that the tick marks for accepting answers had all disappeared. Is this by design - if not, what's up here?

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Was it a bounty question? – Ladybug Killer Oct 7 '09 at 13:37

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up vote 5 down vote accepted

Did you previously set up a bounty on that question? Questions that have a bounty expire without an accepted answer can never have an accepted answer. In your reputation history you have a -50 for that question, which almost always suggests a bounty was offered.

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Yeah, this seems to be what happened. Forgot about that rule with bounties. It's a shame, because only after the bounty ended did I realise that one of the solutions provided was essentially correct. – Noldorin Oct 7 '09 at 14:13
I thought that bounty questions were supposed to automatically "accept" highest voted answer if OP didn't accept one? – DVK Oct 7 '09 at 15:04
@DVK: only if an answer gets at least two upvotes after the bounty is offered – Kip Oct 7 '09 at 15:09

The existing accepted answer to this question — this MSO question, not the SO question that it's asking about — is wrong, although it was correct at the time that it was written.

On June 18, 2010, the bounty system changed. Bounties and accepted answers are now completely independent creatures. A happy side effect of the change is that it is now possible to accept old answers such as these.

This answer is just for future reference; you can clearly see that the OP already went back and awarded that richly deserved green checkmark.

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