I have seen users comment that there is a 24h time limit before accepting answers. But I asked a question on Stack Overflow which was answered within 2 minutes. I tried out the answer and it worked. So I accepted it and upvoted it after another 2 minutes.

How come it was possible for me to accept within a few minutes and the other user not? Is there a privilege awarded for that? Any rate limiting?


You can accept an answer after 15 minutes of posting your question. The time the answer came in doesn't matter.

This is a little different for self-answered questions. You can only accept your own answer after 48 hours.

There is no rate limiting beside these two rules. I guess the OP misunderstood another warning or error.

  • ok i understand that, but why do other users have to wait 24h? I answered a user's question and he/she commented that it worked. I said that if it was helpful the answer could be accepted and/or upvoted. But the OP replied that the site was telling him/her to wait for 24h. Or is it that the OP was lying? – Farhan Anam Oct 19 '15 at 11:12
  • Proof or it didn't happen. :) – Patrick Hofman Oct 19 '15 at 11:13
  • wait I'll show you. – Farhan Anam Oct 19 '15 at 11:14
  • stackoverflow.com/questions/33127982/… See the comments in the question. – Farhan Anam Oct 19 '15 at 11:21
  • I see. There is no rate limiting on this as far as I know. – Patrick Hofman Oct 19 '15 at 11:25
  • But there's no point for the OP to lie because he really accepted my answer afterwards. – Farhan Anam Oct 19 '15 at 11:27
  • I agree to that. – Patrick Hofman Oct 19 '15 at 11:30
  • Yes, OP was lying, or more likely confused with something else he/she have seen. Your answer could have been accepted right when you posted it, without waiting. (since you posted it more than 15 minutes after the question was posted.) – Shadow The Princess Wizard Oct 19 '15 at 11:37

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