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I'm a new user, I've only been around for two days. I just found out that I could accept answers, because I was curious about those green tick things. At first, I did not know what they were. Now I know, but it was not immediately apparent to me.

I think that providing a little more information when questions are asked would go a long way towards solving the problems of questions with unaccepted answers.

I would add a little notice below the "Notify [email] daily of any new answers" message to say that I can come back and click the tick to accept an answer. For example,

The tick lets you choose / accept the answer that was most helpful.

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Given the upvotes, it seems people agree. But like The Renamed Exception explained, it's actually in the FAQ. Do the upvoters really want things to be more explicit? –  Arjan Feb 18 '11 at 15:15
    
@Arjan: Hard to say. I have found that upvotes on questions on meta sometimes still do mean "You raise a good point" not necessarily "I agree". Also I think this question had 3 upvotes before I answered. I personally didn't vote at all... I would have upvoted because it was a new user asking a good question but downvoted because I disagreed, so I didn't vote either way. –  The Unhandled Exception Feb 18 '11 at 15:27
    
I still feel that it could be just a little more obvious, like changing the back ground color of the ticks to hi-light them. They can be a little difficult to see. My initial point is that it was not entirely obvious what they were the for and what they did. –  nelaar Feb 21 '11 at 6:35
    
I see there is a little message now that pops up when I up vote on some items. I am satisfied. Thanks for listening. –  nelaar Feb 25 '11 at 14:01
    
Thanks for all the effort put into providing solutions and fixing up this little issue. The notices, and bigger tick have made a difference in my life. –  nelaar Aug 3 '11 at 12:57
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up vote 8 down vote accepted

When you hover over the mark/icon, a tooltip pops up:

tooltip

Click to set this answer as your accepted answer; click again to toggle

If you didn't click the accept button but instead upvoted, you would get a little box that says

don't forget you can mark this as the accepted answer by clicking its check mark

(The system stops showing this reminder after a certain rep threshold.)

Also, you'd see a lot of other questions on the site having big green checkmarks, so I think that's another clue you could accept answers. If you don't accept answers, the profile page starts to nag you also.

nag nag nag

It's also mentioned in the FAQ:

How do I ask questions here?

As you see new answers to your question, vote up the helpful ones by clicking the upward pointing arrow to the left of the answer. Answers are normally sorted by vote score so the most highly voted answers float to the top. Other users will also vote on the answers to your question.

When you have decided which answer is the most helpful to you, mark it as the accepted answer by clicking on the check box outline to the left of the answer. This lets other people know that you have received a good answer to your question. Doing this is helpful because it shows other people that you’re getting value from the community. (If you don’t do this, people will often politely ask you to go back and accept answers for more of your questions!)

There's also an accept rate on every person's info box on the questions they ask:

83% FTW!

Because all these things exist, I have always thought that the additional clarification you ask for isn't needed... I've answered meta questions stating this before. I used to be very steadfast in my position... however you as a new user bringing it up makes me rethink my position... I have always seen longer term users complaining that new users didn't know how to accept, and thought they were wrong. Now that I see a new user saying "I didn't know how to accept an answer", I think that maybe I have been wrong.

On the other hand... you did figure it out on your own, without the need for additional help :-)

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@Josh, found a screenshot here: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/69775/… :) –  Benjol Feb 19 '11 at 17:13
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