I like the fact that when you upvote an answer to your question, SO reminds you you could also mark is as accepted.

Wouldn't it be nice if the same would apply the other way around, i.e. if when clicking "accepeted" you would be reminded of the possibility to also upvote it?

I saw other questions here on meta that suggest the cases in which an accepted answer isn't worth being upvoted are marginal (i.e. Not having enough upvotes left, the answer being correct but crappy in its form...) but it looks like the majority of the cases are simple lack of understanding of (or care for) the platform by the user.

  • @alex - don't really get the point, sorry. What is the passage of my question that makes you think I don't want people to choose whether they want or want not to upvote a question!?
    – user138932
    Commented Nov 26, 2009 at 21:07
  • +1. I just popped in to Meta here just to suggest this if it hadn't been suggested already. How is it that an answer could be the "best" one, or the "correct" answer, and it wasn't helpful? I would like to see accepted answers automatically upvoted. Commented Apr 19, 2011 at 19:32
  • I don't disagree with the thought behind this idea, but on the flip side the Tenacious badge is a fun one - it's the only badge I have that Jon Skeet doesn't! :)
    – Nicole
    Commented Apr 20, 2011 at 5:21
  • +1 Yeah Tenacious and Unsung Hero are quite something to have :) yet, accepted answers are deserved to have an upvote followed by.
    – bonCodigo
    Commented Dec 21, 2012 at 8:15

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Don't forget that new users are able to accept answers on their question, but they aren't able to upvote them. Which I disagree with.

  • It should be easy enough to show the message only if you have the upvote privilege. Commented Apr 20, 2011 at 16:48

I would say it would be nice but accepting an answer nets you 15 rep and is more important to mark an answer accepted than to upvote it as well.

So I would say, nice to have but not important.

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    An accepted answer with 0 votes looks weird though.
    – Phoshi
    Commented Nov 26, 2009 at 21:05
  • he's saying that having it accepted at all is what matters
    – bananakata
    Commented Nov 26, 2009 at 21:14
  • Aye mr banana, that is true. Commented Nov 26, 2009 at 21:39
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    Re: An accepted answer with 0 votes looks weird though .. I have 20 of those
    – waffles
    Commented Nov 26, 2009 at 21:48

I agree. Also, on a related note, I've been popping over to the tenacious badge page and upvoting some of the better 0-score accepted answers for people who have earned the badge from time to time. Maybe others could follow suit?

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    Then they'll never get the unsung hero badge... Commented Apr 19, 2011 at 22:06

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