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Encourage users to select ‘Accepted Answer’ for old Questions

Basically as the title reads. Sometimes I see 'unanswered' questions which do actually have a good answer, only it's not accepted. Is there some way that I can flag an answer as the correct one, even if I didn't ask the question? I see there is a 'flag' link but the title reads 'flag this post for serious problems', so it would seem like the wrong thing for a correct, but unaccepted answer.


If we're talking about the unanswered tab, applying an upvote to any answer present will make the questions "answered" for the purpose of the tab.

Acceptance is a whole 'nother matter. It is a decision for the OP to make (exception after offering a bounty and not accepting anything in the allotted time an answer may be auto accepted). Acceptance mean no more or less than "The OP accepted this answer".

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    okay, I get it now. The unanswered tab is really the 'no upvoted answers' tab. – aland Mar 28 '10 at 21:47
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    @aland: bingo. (btw, which land?) – quack quixote Mar 29 '10 at 0:47

Some users don't pay attention to their questions to accept answers, and there's no technical solution to fix that.

The only thing you can do as a 3rd party to the question/answer is to upvote what you believe is the correct answer. (Also, you can upvote the question if you feel it's appropriate -- since this shows up in the activity summary, it may draw the asker's attention to the question.)

I think even leaving a comment on the question to get the question-asker to mark an answer as accepted is taking it a step too far. Certainly, flagging is out of the question, and should only be used for instances of misuse/abuse of the system.

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    Good answer. I add only that "accepted" on SO means "accepted by the OP as useful". – Michael Petrotta Mar 28 '10 at 20:35
  • Other forums have a feature like what I suggested here meta.stackexchange.com/questions/172843/… (My post was about suggesting an answer to the OP, not forcing or any of the things the other users mentioned as duplicated) – Dzyann Mar 21 '13 at 14:45

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