Assume a (self-answered) question gets locked for historical significance. Because of this, the user who posted the question cannot (repeat: not) perform any of these actions:

  • mark own question as accepted.
  • flag the question for moderator intervention.
  • add comments to own question.
  • delete own question (if that's what OPer would want to do).

OPer can only share it.

My suggestion: Provide an option to be able to mark OPer's own answer as accepted, by OPer (not via whatever moderator / SE employee intervention). So that the system does not block OPer from accepting OPer's own answer (after at least 2 days, as usual).

Note: This is a problem/issue that applies to any SE site, so it is not specific to a specific site. Try a similar scenario on any site, and you'll have the very same issue that the OPer cannot accept his/her own answer. Therefor I think this question belongs here, on Meta.SE.

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    I will say this. Historical significance is entirely the wrong lock reason for this. I don't know your history on that site and why a moderator took that action and cannot comment on that. I can only assume you know better than anyone else here why that may be. – Oded Apr 16 '16 at 12:07
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    @Oded there is a chance that mod intended collaborativve effort lock (I briefly checked the question on Drupal, can't tell for sure) – gnat Apr 16 '16 at 16:56
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    @gnat I'd be more inclined to think he locked it with historical significance to the Drupal community in mind, rather than the site itself – Clive Apr 16 '16 at 17:13
  • @Oded : please review my recent updates to this question. Even though your comment here about the specific question did make sense, I wonder if it still makes sense to continue to have your comment here. Apart from that, do you think it makes sense I would move the "my suggestion" part of it to a new (my own) answer, so that I can mark that as, IMO, the best possible solution/answer. If not, what kind of answer does it take for a feature request to be able for me to mark it as accepted? – Pierre.Vriens Mar 15 '17 at 21:26

The moderator seems to have left a useful comment that reads:

As always, if you disagree with this, please bring it to Meta. But, know this was not a unilateral decision.

I strongly suspect they mean the site-specific meta so I suggest you post an initial question about the decision on Drupal's Meta. If you aren't satisfied with the response there (or on any site-specific meta) you can either raise concerns about their response here or use the contact us link at the bottom of each page to raise your concerns with how it was handled with Stack Exchange staff.

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  • you're right, I could do so, as that mod there also challenged me to do so. So +1 for this suggestion (I might refer to your answer here if I ever do that). But, I hope you agree that it is only like a work around for what my actual question really is about: "how can I mark my own answer as accepted" (shouldn't I have the right to do so, despite the current status this question/answer is in)? FYI, I think some kind of correction should be applied to SE sites, so that the system should not stop me from accepting my own answer (after at least 2 days, as usual). – Pierre.Vriens Apr 16 '16 at 12:36
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    "challenged"? I predict this will not go well for you. You need to understand why they locked it instead of deleting it. You need to understand why it's not a good fit for that site. Both are far more important than your preference that all your questions have an accepted answer. This site can't give you that insight, but the Drupal meta site can. – Kate Gregory Apr 16 '16 at 14:07
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    If you continue to delete questions because they are locked, you will quickly find yourself, without the ability to post questions. – Ramhound Apr 16 '16 at 17:02

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