Should I accept the answer even if this is not what I wanted?
Is it SOP or otherwise "polite" to accept a response to your question (as an answer), even if it wasn't exactly an answer to your question? Or is it better to leave it be?
Consider the following question: Finding the nth term in a repeating number sequence
None of the "answers" given were really answers; rather, they were "hints" or a vague explanation of what ontological category my question fell under (not that I have any problem with those kinds of responses—if anything I welcome people guiding me to find my own answer rather than simply telling me. My only point here is that they aren't actually answers per se). The only response to my question that helped me understand the answer to my question was a comment to my question (as such it is not categorically an "answer" so I can't "Accept" it).
So, back to my question: is it SOP or otherwise expected for me to select one of the "answers" as an answer, even though they aren't really answers, or should I just leave it be?
Thanks! Btw, I did do a search for this question; if someone asked already I apologize.