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How does accepting an answer work?

What do I have to do to accept an answer? I've looked through all the related questions. Only one even mentions anything about what to click to accept an answer, and that refers to a "check mark" symbol that I don't see anywhere. Where is a clear user guide reference on how to accept an answer?


You can only accept answers on questions you have asked. Next to each question, under the up and downvote arrows, there is a check mark. It looks like this:

If you click the check mark, the question will be accepted. Click it again to unaccept it.

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    +1 for including an image. – TheTXI Jul 23 '09 at 11:25
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    More like +1 for overachievement. – Welbog Jul 23 '09 at 11:28
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    Yes, including an image helped! – Tom Harris Jul 26 '09 at 7:59
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    +1 for He got it! – Ladybug Killer Aug 3 '09 at 20:04

It's to the left from answer, under the vote count.


Click on the check mark next to an answer. It should then turn green (or some other color depending on the site's overall color scheme?).


You should see the outline of a "tick" under the up & down vote arrows on each answer. Click it for the answer you want to accept (and gain 2 rep for doing it).


If some people can't see how to do it without asking, perhaps the interface needs redesigning.

Maybe some help text somewhere directly on your question (obviously only visible to the question author) to say that you should mark an answer and how to do it.

It might also help with the number of questions that seem never have an answer accepted even if there is a perfectly good one.

  • most typically unregistered users leave unaccepted answers. interface is very intuitive, I'm surprised to see that someone is not capable of finding a check mark. – SilentGhost Jul 23 '09 at 11:39
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    You already get a reminder to accept an answer or set a bounty for questions over X days old (where X is a number I can't remember right now) - but it doesn't go that extra mile and remind you where the tick is. – ChrisF Jul 23 '09 at 11:40
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    I wonder - is a check mark "the universal symbol for yes"? – John Saunders Jul 23 '09 at 11:41
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    why would you need a "universal symbol"? – SilentGhost Jul 23 '09 at 11:54
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    So that everyone can see at a glance what the symbol means. – John Saunders Jul 23 '09 at 12:07
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    Part of the problem is that most of the English speaking world calls it a tick, not a check (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tick_%28check_mark%29). – Mark Pim Jul 23 '09 at 12:21
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    Check is American English AFAIK... The question whether it is part of English speaking world is left to the reader :-) – Steve Schnepp Jul 23 '09 at 12:39

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