This question:

RESTful URL design for search

Is a great question and has 71 up-votes to boot, but has unfortunately been marked with the wrong answer. The correct answer quite rightly has 60 up-votes, to the marked answer's 11.

Why can't the community over-rule the person who asked the question in cases like this?

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    I feel like downvoting this question because of your suggestion to downvote that question. It is something entirely non-constructive. – Oded Jul 10 '12 at 20:53
  • I agree the competing answer should be upvoted though. Maybe one could also leave a comment to the OP and ask them to consider changing the check mark – Pekka Jul 10 '12 at 20:57
  • OK I have ammended the question to upvote the correct answer and leave a comment. I was actually following the advice in this question by asking people to downvote: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/78438/… – reach4thelasers Jul 10 '12 at 21:00
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    YOU should downvote (or upvote) when you feel it would be appropriate. No one should ever ask anyone else to vote in any form, however. Your votes are purely your own and, ideally, should come naturally. Likewise, accepting an answer is purely voluntary and up to the OP -- you can point out that an answer is wrong, but you shouldn't ask them to change their acceptance. – user154510 Jul 10 '12 at 21:03
  • Ugh stop downvoting me, and I can't even delete this dumb question – reach4thelasers Jul 10 '12 at 22:09
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    Hm? You posted a Meta question asking for people to down vote, and now it's bothering you that you're getting down voted? – yannis Jul 10 '12 at 23:41
  • BTW, rep on meta is even less meaningful than the usual stuff, so don't fret the downvotes beyond deciding not to do this again. We won't hold it against you. – dmckee --- ex-moderator kitten Jul 11 '12 at 0:12
  • @YannisRizos Yeah - in response to this question which advises to do so!!!!!! meta.stackexchange.com/questions/78438/… i've now removed the offending comment and they still downvote – reach4thelasers Jul 11 '12 at 0:44
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    Downvoting the answer is the proper action, if you feel it's incorrect, however asking others to do the same is not. – yannis Jul 11 '12 at 0:46
  • @Yannis That's not really a reason to downvote this question to oblivion though. The OP was just trying to be helpful. What the heck happened here? – Pekka Jul 11 '12 at 7:15
  • @DiscountGucciHandbags I can only speak for my downvote, and it was for the first version of the question... -16 does seem excessive though. – yannis Jul 11 '12 at 7:18

The community has overruled - they have up-voted the correct answer, so much so that it is has almost 6 times the upvotes.

When a user accepts an answer they indicate that that's the answer that most helped them, not that it is necessarily the correct answer.

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    Actually, if the community voice against that answer is strong enough to get it a negative score deletion votes can be cast. – ThiefMaster Jul 10 '12 at 23:43

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