Moderators accepting answers on user's behalf after a certain time period
Community vote for “Accepted Answer” (Rep. >= 5000 only)
Would it be possible to have a “community accepted” feature?
I know it's been around in several versions - but there are a lot of old questions, with answers, the user who asked them is now serving burgers in MacDonalds or something like that, but not programming, and haven't used SO for 3 years.
Shouldn't there be a way for moderators, or lets say someone with more than 5K rep (I know...) to mark those answers as accepted (as long as they are clearly the right ones...)
It can be a mechanism like the close voting - but accept voting, if 3 people decide to accept an answer - it will be accepted.
and you can give rep and or badges for those cleaners, to encourage analyzing old Q & A and deciding if one of the answers - answers the Question.
Just an idea.