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?


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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? Commented Oct 19, 2015 at 11:12
  • Proof or it didn't happen. :) Commented Oct 19, 2015 at 11:13
  • wait I'll show you. Commented Oct 19, 2015 at 11:14
  • stackoverflow.com/questions/33127982/… See the comments in the question. Commented Oct 19, 2015 at 11:21
  • I see. There is no rate limiting on this as far as I know. Commented Oct 19, 2015 at 11:25
  • But there's no point for the OP to lie because he really accepted my answer afterwards. Commented Oct 19, 2015 at 11:27
  • I agree to that. Commented Oct 19, 2015 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.) Commented Oct 19, 2015 at 11:37

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