Normally the world can be split in two kinds of people, but in the stack-X world people are a tristate, just like DBNull:
- Users who accept answers as accepted answer
- Users who don't accept answers, including one-timers
- Deleted users (null-pointer users?)
The first one is clear, the second has been much debated (and I believe that a sufficiently answered question should be force-accepted), but the third is the one I'd like to discuss.
It results in an unwanted situation where questions remain in the unanswered questions list, and perfectly valid answers never become the de facto accepted answer. I'd like to suggest that moderators be given the right to accept answers.
Here's a particularly clear example that illustrates my point.