Moderators accepting answers on user's behalf after a certain time period
I'd like to request two things
- Moderator ability to accept an answer for a question after
- enough time has passed after asking
- a sufficiently low asker karma
- A flag for moderator attention to accept an answer
- it should only be available once the time limit has been reached and the asker's karma is below the threshold.
- a flagging user could potentially include some sort of documentation that the answer solves the question posed, reducing the work for the moderator. Perhaps there could even be a karma reward for moderator approval of the documentation.
User Alan has a reputation of 1. He's posted a question that user Brian has put time into crafting a thoughtful answer. Six months later the question has no answer and Alan still has a reputation of 1.
A moderator should be able to accept the answer on behalf of Alan after making sure that the answer is actually valid--ensuring that Brian receives some eventual reward for his work.
The numbers for how much time has passed and how much karma would 'lock out' a moderator are nonobvious--the optimal value or values for each would require testing or a community survey. Nevertheless, this would patch up a hole with the answer-posting incentive system.
I personally feel disinclined to answer questions posted by people with low karma because I've seen my share of questions with a perfectly valid answer and no accept--as the asker has long stopped using the site. Generally such users have < 100 karma. Very often they just have 1.
On the researching-side, I've also seen questions asked by such users that are quite good but have no answer. I can't help but wonder whether someone with the answer couldn't be bothered to post because of the lower expected karma for answering.