I've had the same issue of this SO question - Eclipse 3.7.0 Indigo with CDT shows many false compilation errors - and since it hadn't solution (the provided answers didn't solve the problem, nor to the question maker who didn't accept any answer, nor to me) I decided to start a bounty.

I realised that even with a bounty the question wouldn't receive much attention, since no other answers or comments were made.

During the bounty period I found the solution, and would like it to be accepted (not for the sake of the bounty but for the answer itself) what can I do?

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    There is absolutely nothing you can do to force an answer to be accepted. Bounty or not. – Mat May 27 '12 at 8:24
  • I've not looked at any of your other questions, but it seems the above summarizes as "I found the solution, and would like it to be accepted". If true, then the above title is horrible, and all other text is just noise? – Arjan May 27 '12 at 9:25
  • @Arjan - more in general I wanted to point out that Bounties don't always allow you to give a question a great amount of attention. The fact that I solved the question (in my opinion) and didn't get attention for it is only a side effect. – Matteo May 27 '12 at 9:51

You cannot force the person who asked the question to accept your answer or any other answer. Even though you added a bounty, it is not your question and you do not have the ability to accept an answer.

Generally, good answers get upvotes (even when posted to old questions, because adding a new answer "bumps" up the question in the active questions list) from other community members. This is especially true of questions with bounties set, as more people are likely to be looking at that question and evaluating the answers it receives. And highly upvoted answers are automatically shown at the top of the list of answers; that's how the community "accepts" answers without being able to award a green checkmark. Unfortunately, I can't explain why no one has upvoted your answer yet. (Announcing it here on Meta will probably help.)

  • I understand, is there some other way (besides bounty) one can stimulate attention to a question?In the hope that users provide their solutions?thks anyway! – Matteo May 27 '12 at 8:27
  • @Matteo No, not really. Editing the question, posting answers, and setting a bounty are the recommended options. You've already done at least two of those. There's no way to force people to look at something they're not interested in. – Cody Gray May 27 '12 at 8:28
  • You were very clear, thanks for your prompt reply! ;) – Matteo May 27 '12 at 8:30
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    "(even when posted to old questions, because adding a new answer "bumps" up the question in the active questions list)" Yes, for like 5 seconds. – sepp2k May 27 '12 at 9:05
  • @sepp2k There is no time limit. – Cody Gray May 27 '12 at 9:16
  • (One can no longer award bounties to oneself. And I am sure that @sepp2k meant that the active question lists changes every 5 seconds.) – Arjan May 27 '12 at 9:32
  • @Arjan Ugh. So in situations like this one, you're basically screwed. All he can do is wait for the bounty to age away and award it to no one. – Cody Gray May 27 '12 at 9:39
  • Actually, in this specific situation I guess the OP's answer might not solve it for every one else. (I've used -clean a lot in Eclipse, but it does not solve all its problems.) So maybe in this specific case another possible solution comes in. But indeed, in general I guess expiry of the bounty is all that's possible without some moderator action. – Arjan May 27 '12 at 9:43
  • @TheEstablishment - that's what I'll do, but it's a pity. In this case but more in general there should be a way to accept a clear and possibly problem solving answer. – Matteo May 27 '12 at 9:44
  • But, @Matteo, as accepting is for the original question owner: hoe would you know if your answer solved it for the question asker? – Arjan May 27 '12 at 9:45
  • @Arjan - of course if you don't include correct libraries -clean option won't help ;)...but from when I use -clean all symbols get resolved correctly. – Matteo May 27 '12 at 9:46
  • @Arjan - that was why I wanted some attention for the question. Probably the question maker doesn't even know I've answered. There should be maybe a inbox message delivered if someone puts a bounty on your question. – Matteo May 27 '12 at 9:47
  • @Matteo The question asker would have received a notification when you posted your answer. Unfortunately, they haven't been on the site in a couple months and most users don't have email notifications enabled... – Jeremy May 27 '12 at 9:49
  • @JeremyBanks - yeah, but inbox notifications aren't very effective in my opinion. I lose a lot of them, (i.e. the ones coming from the comments) – Matteo May 27 '12 at 9:58

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