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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?


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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, 2012 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, 2012 at 20:59

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