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I asked this question on SO:

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1849376/what-are-the-advantages-and-disadvantages-of-the-require-vs-import-methods-of-lo

I didn't manually accept any answers, but for some reason, one of the lesser answers was auto-selected as the accepted answer. I was expecting the top answer to get accepted. Why? And can this be changed, I really don't want the answer that was accepted to be the accepted answer. kaizer.se's answer was much, much better.

Edit: Is there any way to have a moderator come through and change the accepted answer to kaiser.se's? If I'd known about that second condition, I would have manually accepted. I didn't want to discourage new answerers from commenting though, so I was going to let it auto-accept.

Incidentally, the rule about only auto-accepting answers posted after the bounty begins is... truly daft, IMHO. I can understand that one might make the assumption that a bounty was started because the questioner was dissatisfied with all current answers, and thus none of them should be auto-accepted, but honestly, I can't think of even one instance where I've started a bounty with that in mind. When I start a bounty, it's because I'm dissatisfied with the breadth of the answers presented. I may already be happy with an answer given, but it's usually for a question that's subjective enough that more discussion is desired.

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Why didn't you manually accept an answer if there was one you liked? –  mmyers Dec 15 '09 at 19:39
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I knew it! random is a bounty hunter! –  Ladybug Killer Dec 15 '09 at 20:35
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Note that even if the desired post had won the bounty by default, they would only have got half the points... if you like an answer, accept it. –  Marc Gravell Dec 15 '09 at 22:10
    
@Marc: Sure, I know that now. Perhaps the bounty system should explain the ramifications of setting a bounty a bit better. As I wrote above, I didn't want to discourage additional participation by accepting the best answer early. –  Bob Aman Dec 15 '09 at 23:18
    
Also, perhaps the "Hey, the bounty is ending soon!" message should sound a bit scarier. –  Bob Aman Dec 15 '09 at 23:21

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There's an auto-accept feature on bounties. This much I think you knew. However, it works a little funky -- it can only auto-accept the top-voted answer which meets both of the following criteria:

  • Must have at least +2 upvotes
  • Must have been posted after the bounty was initiated (likely why the 12-score answer didn't get accepted)

Note that it's possible for a bounty to expire with no answers meeting said criteria, in which case none are selected as the accepted answer, and in fact no answer can ever be accepted.

Generally, it's recommended that bounty users manually accept the one they feel is most worthy.

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Bah, yeah, the second thing was what did it. His answer was the first one that was submitted, and it was before the bounty was started. –  Bob Aman Dec 15 '09 at 19:39

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