Add something simple like **No answer accepted ** learn more(link)

There are several questions where generally a new user posted a question, an answer has many up votes, the poster comments something like, "Great that works, thanks alot" and it is not accepted. If somebody new visits the site and asks a question - it may not be clear to them that you can select an answer as accepted.

If no answer has been accepted (and there is one answer) - when the question poser views the pages where it currently states 7 Answers add text similar to:

You have currently not accepted an answer learn more(link)

  • or -

No answer accepted learn more(link)

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    I don't mind down votes - people's perogative - but I would appreciate some hint as to why – Glenn Teitelbaum Nov 22 '13 at 2:12
  • It's probably because people believe that it should be the right for the questioner to decide whether or not the answers solve the question for them. – Qantas 94 Heavy Nov 22 '13 at 2:13
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    @Qantas94Heavy I'm stating that new users don't know they have the right to select one - notice i didn't recommend text 'Please select an answer' -- I don't feel obliged by the place bounty link, nor is there any obligation by mentioning that no no answer has been selected -- would ** No answer selected ** (link:learn more) be better? – Glenn Teitelbaum Nov 22 '13 at 2:17
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    There's a lot of things about the way these sites work that new users don't know about. – user102937 Nov 22 '13 at 2:41
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    @RobertHarvey - was that agreeing or disagreeing? – Glenn Teitelbaum Nov 22 '13 at 2:47
  • By 'selected', I assume that you mean 'accepted', correct? If that's the case, then 'unanswered' in the title should be 'answered', because you want the user to accept one of the answers. – RobH Nov 22 '13 at 3:45
  • @RobH editted as per your suggestion - is that clearer? – Glenn Teitelbaum Nov 22 '13 at 4:25
  • @Glenn: Much better. – RobH Nov 22 '13 at 17:05
  • There are a few reasons why an OP may not want to accept an answer (none of them work for him/her, for example). However, if the OP (or at least a new user) votes an answer up, there should be something that reminds him/her that s/he can accept an answer. – RobH Nov 22 '13 at 17:09
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    @RobH what about the converse - if they accept an answer but haven't upvoted it, a stronger case could be made that there should be something that reminds him/her that s/he can up vote it, if they didn't like it, why accept it? – Glenn Teitelbaum Dec 6 '13 at 3:36
  • @Glenn: Yes, that can be done, too. I can accept a prompt for new users that lets him/her know that the answer can be voted up if s/he accepts it or vice versa. What I can't accept is a prompt to vote up one or more answers and/or accept an answer to his/her question just because the user has done neither, because there may be a good reason for that inaction, as I pointed out in my previous comment. – RobH Dec 6 '13 at 3:47
  • @RobH please note that the request I has is for passive information, not a pop up - no more intrusive than the count of Answers - simply a place next to that with text and a link allowing the user to learn more – Glenn Teitelbaum Dec 6 '13 at 4:33
  • @Glenn: How that info is presented would be up to the powers that be. I'm only commenting on your suggestions. IMHO, though, having the reminder there on the question list, rather than coming up as a notification would be more disruptive to the page layout. Myself, I would not be adverse to having it as a notification that appears in the pull down list on the top bar (complete with the updated red dot notification count so the user sees that it's there). – RobH Dec 6 '13 at 17:05

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