In light of It's ok to ask and answer your own questions, it seems that we ought to be able to accept our own answers within the same time limits as accepting someone else's answer.
Of course, this notion has been discussed here before (when times were different, mind you):
- Why must I wait 2 days before accepting my own answer?
- Auto accept self answer if no other answers are provided in two days
- Allow accepting my own answer without waiting 48 hours in light of accept rate
The crux of the blog post was that it's not only acceptable but encouraged to accept your own answer when you find your own solution.
I can accept someone else's answer to my question in as little as 15 minutes, surely I should be able to accept my own answer. I have no rep to gain from this, and the community is better off knowing that there's a solution to my problem or answer to my question.
If there's concern about lots of spam here, perhaps this can be a privileged operation, say with 5k rep you can accept your own answers as if they were someone else's answer.
One alternative to rep limits would be if previously self-accepted answers (and/or questions with self-accepted answers) have received upvotes, indicating a user is capable of asking and answering their own questions to the satisfaction of the community.
The rationale for my complaint is that lately I've been asking extremely long-tail questions for low-use frameworks/libraries on the site and receive not only low views but no comments or other answers. This leaves me searching for my own solutions, so when I find them I write up reasonable answers that add value to the site (that make the web a better place) and that ultimately I shouldn't have to manage any differently than any of my other questions.