For some reason it's not there, so moderator and other active users have to nag newcomers to do that, unless it's a rare case of the newcomer figuring it out by him/herself.

And there should be some sort of notification to tell the newcomer that you can select an answer to mark the thread resolved after a few days has passed since` receiving an answer to the user's first question.

  • There already are notifications (see this question for instance, or here) – Mat Oct 16 '11 at 13:33
  • @Mat, I wouldn't count on either of those. For one, discovery and clicking of the arrows is a separate challenge by itself, just not as important. As for the second one, unless the users are very inquisitive, nobody would hover on the check box and wait for a tooltip to appear. – Oxwivi Oct 16 '11 at 14:25
  • If you don't hover over stuff in the stack exchange sites, you're missing out on a whole lot of information. There's tooltips everywhere. – Mat Oct 16 '11 at 14:34
  • @Mat Doesn't mean users will simply figure there's a trove of knowledge hidden in tooltips. – Oxwivi Oct 16 '11 at 14:46
  • I know, but the FAQ pictures are full of them too. If users don't read the FAQ, don't look around the site, don't read the notifications already presented to them, adding one more won't help much. – Mat Oct 16 '11 at 14:48
  • @Mat There's a difference between looking for information, and having the information presented to you on a silver platter (or slapped into your face, whichever you prefer). – Oxwivi Oct 16 '11 at 14:54

It's right where you'd expect it, in the section How do I ask questions here?

When you have decided which answer is the most helpful to you, mark it as the accepted answer by clicking on the check box outline to the left of the answer.

This lets other people know that you have received a good answer to your question. Doing this is helpful because it shows other people that you’re getting value from the community. (And if you don’t do this, people will often politely ask you to go back and accept answers for more of your questions!)

  • Ah, so there's more to it then just the main FAQ page... – Oxwivi Oct 16 '11 at 13:16
  • Well, I'll remove that part, and focus on the notification suggestion. – Oxwivi Oct 16 '11 at 13:17
  • What I quoted from is the main FAQ page, linked as “faq” in the top bar of every site. – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Oct 16 '11 at 13:18
  • What I mean is that you need to click and go to some other page for the info in question. – Oxwivi Oct 16 '11 at 13:23
  • @Oxwivi No, it's the same FAQ page. You do need to click to expand the section though (which explains why you won't find “accept” in a search if you haven't clicked on the “expand” link for that section or an “expand all” link). If you think it's a bad idea to need to click to expand sections (I'm unconvinced myself), make that your feature request. – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Oct 16 '11 at 13:25

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