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I got this message today while trying to accept my answer on my own question.

Why i must wait this time, if i am sure that the answer i answered is the right one, just want to understand the point of view.

I faced that just today on Super user, and didn't get this message before.

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up vote 11 down vote accepted

original resistance:

http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2008/11/why-cant-i-accept-my-own-answer/

eventually relented here:

http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2009/01/accept-your-own-answers/

Now, there are some special rules around owner-accepted answers, to prevent gaming:

  1. Wait 48 hours. You must wait 2 days from the time you originally asked your question before you can accept your own answer. This gives other users a chance to answer the question in good faith, and earn the accepted answer.
  2. No change in sort order. Normally, accepted answers are “docked” under the question. This is not true for owner accepted answers; they stay in standard sort order like any other answer.
  3. No reputation is earned. Normally, accepted answers confer +15 rep to the answerer and +2 to the owner. Owner accepted answers do not earn rep (or badges) for anyone.

I was initially very much against this, but several commenters in the Why Can’t I Accept My Own Answer? post convinced me that, with a few rule tweaks, it could work. As you can see on a question I myself asked, sometimes you really have no other option than to close the loop yourself, and it’s nice to be able to do so by accepting your own answer.

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Ok understood, thats ok, but about gaming with accepting own questions, i think its not a very famous thing and SO users can still vote it down if its a bad answer and like that the game will be a loss. by the way that my point of view, but in all cases this issue is not annoying me. –  Amr ElGarhy Jul 16 '09 at 10:04
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What about allowing it for high rep users? Gaming seems unlikely since there is no rep to be earned, therefore there is no incentive to game the system... thoughts? –  Chase Florell Jan 16 '12 at 22:23

The rep restriction on this is obviously pretty sensible, but the other two aren't really imo.

Users are used to be seeing the accepted answer at the top of the answers. Regardless of who the author is the right answers should be presented first.

The time restriction doesn't make much sense either, there's nothing to gain from posting and accepting your own answer straight away, in fact I'd probably down vote a question if I thought this was being done.

In cases like this where I've put up a solution to the original problem as the answer a few hours later I don't see why it can't be immediatly marked as accepted, and placed at the top of the answers list for anyone else who reads it.

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The restrictions are in place to keep users from 'gaming the system'. Being at the top of the sort order is a very valuable reputation position, and you're likely to get up voted if you're at the top and correct. This just gives everyone a fair chance. –  Ian Elliott Jul 26 '09 at 7:29
    
Who is to say the answer that was owner accepted is correct? So, it being presented first gives the question owner, and answerer, an unfair advantage. –  ProfK Aug 1 '11 at 7:11
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@IanElliott: This could easily be fixed by not awarding reputation to own answers. That way, the accepted answer is at the top as usual and it benefits those who arrive at the page as a result of searching. –  Steve Taylor Jun 2 '12 at 5:49

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