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Allow users to mark “accepted” answer on someone else's question?

Scenario is just now I googled/found this and it seems to me, given the number of upvotes on the question and the one and only answer, that it should be marked. It's not that I care about the authors points, but more that I like to see the quality of SO as wiki/kb resource to programmers like me who get alot of use from it be as high as possible so it is successful as possible and thus stays around.

--> this is clearly not a big thing, but seeing the green checkbox when I arrive at a SO question makes the experience better for me. I think it makes me feel that someone who knows more about the topic at hand than I do has "signed off" of the answer being valid.

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marked as duplicate by random Jul 9 '11 at 17:07

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If you read the comments, it appears that the answer isn't complete. More importantly, Accepted Answer status is determined by the OP as solving his problem or answering his question. How would we know if it actually did that. –  Lance Roberts Jul 9 '11 at 17:08

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The purpose of the "accept" mark is to indicate that the answer was the one that was most useful to the question author; having anyone else check that mark would short-circuit that. Answers can continue to be added after an answer is accepted. Checking an answer as the accepted answer is more of a courtesy than anything else.

Also, we already have a far more powerful metric to indicate which answer was more useful generally, and that's the number of upvotes. Please note that when answers are sorted by votes (the default view, I believe), the accepted answer does not float to the top if it's not the top-voted answer.

In summary, I think this would be a bad idea.

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just my two cents (not trying to actually argue) - i think the visual power of a green checkmark transcends it's, per documented, purpose –  Aaron Anodide Jul 9 '11 at 17:08

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