A new user on an SE site indicated in the comments that one of the answers to their posted question was best. I left a comment encouraging them to accept that answer, and gave a link to this help page:
https://meta.stackexchange.com/help/someone-answers (from "Asking" section of Help Center)
However, that page states:
Accepting an answer is not mandatory; do not feel compelled to accept the first answer you receive. Wait until you receive an answer that answers your question well.
and doesn't seem to give new users any motivation for why to accept answers. There is some explanation of reputation benefits on these linked pages:
- https://meta.stackexchange.com/help/accepted-answer (from "Answering" section of Help Center, so I think it is meant for potential answerers, but then it talks about "If you accept")
- How does accepting an answer work? (a CW post, that's maybe a bit long for new users, who may not click through anyway)
Consequently I'd like to suggest some changes on these Help Center pages:
- [Main question] Add some language to the first page to encourage uses to accept good answers, such as some of the following: shows appreciation for the answerer (including giving them more reputation) and lets them know their answer was helpful, adds to your reputation, helps other users identify a good answer, and helps the site determine what questions are still awaiting answers.
- Clarify the writing/organization of information on the pages about accepting answers under the Asking versus Answering sections of the Help Center; namely write the first one for askers and the second for answerers.
- Make it more clear that the links to the latter two pages from the first mentioned page are different (currently the text for those links are "accept the answer" and "To accept the answer")