What happens if the user who asked the question has removed his account?

Like this one: Regex to check if valid URL that ends in .jpg, .png, or .gif

Who would approve an answer to his question?

There are two possible solutions to this case:

  1. Choose the top voted question.
  2. The answer will be chosen by some moderator.
  • 1
    Is this really a feature request? Sep 18, 2009 at 9:11
  • If functionality/feature does not exists - I'd like to request it :) Sep 18, 2009 at 12:50
  • You can't remove your account. You have to ask for it to be removed. Sep 18, 2009 at 14:43
  • @Brad: ...And the question still remains Sep 18, 2009 at 15:07

2 Answers 2


In the cases of ghost and deleted accounts, nobody is available to accept an answer. All answers will just sit there gathering the stray vote.

oh for they will run but they will not run fast enough

  • I like the image of the stray-vote gatherer. I imagine he does it when he's not catching children or charming rats Sep 18, 2009 at 9:18
  • Well, sort of on your thought...
    – random
    Sep 18, 2009 at 10:13
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    This looks like a twisted form of StackOverflow goatse... maybe you could call it votese???
    – John Rasch
    Sep 18, 2009 at 15:29
  • That so does not look like a burlap sack.
    – random
    Sep 18, 2009 at 15:34
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    (-1) pictures for no reason is basically spam.
    – devinb
    Sep 18, 2009 at 16:48
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    @devinb, you have a weird definition for spam! Sep 18, 2009 at 18:15
  • @devinb The reason is in Rich Seller's comment.
    – random
    Sep 19, 2009 at 2:13

As for automatically accepting top vote answers, see this question:


My answer was:

There are many questions that do not have satisfying answers for the OP, even though answers are upvoted by the community. Accepting is totally up to the OP, as it is a means to reward the answerer. Doing this automatically would actually be missleading as it would look as if the OP awarded the points, thinks that his problem is solved, and therefore late answers after some time would be discouraged. The OPs accept rate would be flawed as well. Would the OP be able to unaccept the answer, and accept an other one? Or leave it with no accepted answer to start the game again?

This holds as well for the moderator accepting.

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