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Let's say I have a problem, and post a question on StackOverflow. I don't get any good answers, so I end up writing my own buggy implementation, or shelving the feature entirely.

Months later, someone provides an answer. It looks promising and gets a few upvotes, but by this point it is too late to rip out the old implementation, or I have left the job, etc. The question is no longer relevant to me.

Do I have a responsibility as the original poster to see if this answer would have solved my problem?

Relatedly, if someone pesters me about my accept rate, is "I no longer have the ability to check if any of these answers are right" an acceptable response?

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I don't understand - marking it "accepted" doesn't mean that you have to use the answer IRL. –  NickC Jul 1 '11 at 22:43
I agree with you. What if the posted answers all fail to address the question? I don't like that this makes my accept rate go down. –  ErikE Jul 1 '11 at 23:05
@ErikE: If you post good quality questions, you should be able to accept answers on at least half of them. As long as your accept rate is above 50%, I would consider it acceptable. Accept rate is not supposed to approach 100%, since the likelihood of every single question you ask attracting an answer worthy of accepting is relatively small. –  Robert Harvey Jul 1 '11 at 23:22

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