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Does a user with 2k rep have the ability to change who is awarded the answer? Or is this a privilege only the OP has the ability to do?

I ask because today I had answered a question and my answer was flagged with the green checkmark and I received +15 rep. Upon returning to the site later on I noticed my total rep had dropped by 15. A user with 2k rep who answered a minute later than I, was now awarded the answer. Did the OP change their mind or did this user flag their answer as the correct one?

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Switching the accepted answer (if it was about the CSS question) seems really unfair. Seeing as it was 100% identical. But, it's the OP's decision –  Pëkka Jun 29 '11 at 22:11
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You hit the nail on the head. I thought it was strange but the OP is likely a throwaway account. On the positive side I've now made my first contribution to meta. :) –  Jrod Jun 29 '11 at 22:16
    
Nine responses in two minutes; one wrong enough to be deleted in shame, and two deleted by owners who thought eight nearly-identical answers looked silly. What an amazing resource. :) –  sarnold Jun 29 '11 at 23:25

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The only person who can change the accepted answer is the OP (or perhaps a developer with access to the database).

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Okay, thanks for the speedy reply. –  Jrod Jun 29 '11 at 21:50

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