A user recently pointed out a few questions with incredibly bad accepted answers on our site's meta asking us if there is anything we can do about it. I'm aware that users can delete answers if they have a sufficiently high reputation but I don't know if this privilege applies to accepted answers as well.


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The answer to this question is "yes".

The question here used to have an accepted answer consisting entirely of the text

INCORRECT ANSWER REMOVED (if the OP unaccepts it, I'll delete it)

but this has now been successfully deleted by three 20K+ users.

  • So did that automatically "unaccept" it, or does it show as a deleted answer with a checkmark?
    – a cat
    Feb 5, 2012 at 11:33
  • It shows as a deleted answer with a checkmark. Does that mean the OP can't accept the other answer now if they were to get the urge? Feb 5, 2012 at 11:45
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    The question does not have accepted answer now, you can see this here - so the OP should be able to accept other answer. But as he didn't bother for year and half I doubt he will do such effort now. Feb 5, 2012 at 11:48
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    @MartinSmith You can accept other answers by just clicking their checkmark, which automatically removes it from the answer that had it, so I assume it'd work even if that answer is deleted.
    – a cat
    Feb 5, 2012 at 11:54
  • Also, fun fact: You can't directly accept or unaccept a deleted answer because those count as a vote.
    – a cat
    Feb 5, 2012 at 12:03

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