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Sometimes I see question on the Unanswered tab, that have a few good answers, but none of them is up-voted. I know that if I up-vote one of the answers, the question won't be on the Unanswered tab anymore, and I feel it might be the place of the question asker to decide when his/her question has been answered.
So what should my criteria be about up-voting unanswered questions?

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up vote 10 down vote accepted

So what should my criteria be about up-voting unanswered questions?

Nothing else than up-voting other questions/answers... You should always up-vote when you see an answer or question that is useful (see also the mouse over text). No other criteria should play a role here!

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The answer status is define by the tick mark. Not the votes.

EDIT: And BTW only the author can put the tick.

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No it isn't. I don't know the exact criteria to be on the unanswered tab, but it aren't only the questions that don't have an accepted answer for sure! –  fretje Mar 17 '11 at 10:39
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this is not true. In a post from thier blog, Jeff says: "As of today, here’s how we do it: * Answered questions have at least one answer with one upvote (or accepted) * Unanswered questions have no answers with upvotes (or accepted) " blog.stackoverflow.com/2008/09/ok-now-define-answered –  Lea Cohen Mar 17 '11 at 11:01
    
Hum interesting @Lea. Didn't saw that one. –  M'vy Mar 17 '11 at 11:04

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