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Discourage questions being marked as answered within an hour or so of being posted
“You must wait X minutes to accept an answer” When did this happen?

Is this a function of how much reputation one has on SO?


No, that's the same for all. You can't accept an answer in the first 15 minutes after posting the question.

The reason is that there may be a better answer posted after the first got in, so you don't accept the first rightish answer, but choose the best.

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    Will accept answer in 13 minutes and 20 seconds :) – user185791 May 14 '12 at 20:31
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    It's useful to note that accepting a question tends to discourage other people from answering. So once you accept an answer you have basically stopped the flow of other information and ideas. – user184498 May 14 '12 at 20:59

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