I'm on Stack Overflow and will stop using this site due to pests. The 'accept an answer' is fine if:
- the person who asked the question found utility in an answer
- has enough knowledge to recognize a good answer
Here's the problem. Newbies like me don't have enough knowledge in the subject matter to recognize a good answer. As an example, say you're learning how to work on motorcycles and you ask "I have a loud mechanical noise coming from the gearbox area" and someone says 'you need to synchronize your carburetors.'
Well you're just LEARNING so you can't 'ACCEPT' that answer, -- you just don't know. (by the way, sychronizing the carbs IS in fact the right answer to the above! The noise was the primary drive chain inside the engine - but you didn't know that -- see my point here?)
Okay, meanwhile I'm getting these pests saying 'Your acceptance rate is terrible' well B.S. I don't know enough yet! It's too much of a distraction and it GIVES THIS SITE A NEGATIVE 'BULLYING' VIBE. Being berated in public, on a public forum, is NOT COOL.
Here's the suggestion. Tell users to LAY OFF NEW PEOPLE. Tell folks "new users don't always know enough to recognize a good answer. Let them learn enough of the subject matter, then they will naturally know the good from the bad."
Otherwise I'll stop using the site. I'm tired of being bullied, harrassed, hen-pecked, and brow-beaten.
I came here to learn, not bullied to follow a protocol that makes NO SENSE when you have no idea what answer to accept.