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auto accept unaccepted but correctly answered questions after some time

Should there be some mechanism in place to accept the highest rated answer with a minimum of, say, 5 up votes for a question asked over a week ago with no accepted answer? My thought is that the auto-accept should NOT count as an acceptance for the questioner and should come with fewer (5 or 10) reputation points for the auto-accepted answerer.

My reasoning is that this might be a good way to encourage reputation-obsessed people to answer questions even from newbies or people who don't quite get (or choose not to adhere to) the system.

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    You assume there is no mechanism in place that encourages questioners to accept good answers. There is, they stop getting views and answers when they don't. Works fairly well. – Uphill Luge Mar 15 '11 at 16:31

No. Most votes does not necessarily imply correct answer.


Having the highest number of votes does not imply a correct answer, but what about adding the ability to vote for the correct answer to be accepted?

Limititations would have to be enforced, of course. Perhaps require 1000 rep, and 5 votes (similar to a close vote). Only allow accept votes after a few days?

  • See here and a voluminous series of related duplicates. – Grace Note Mar 15 '11 at 16:30

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