Questions tagged [accepted-answer]

The accepted answer is the answer the question owner thought best met their needs. This tag is for discussing issues related to accepted answers, not indicating that a question has an accepted answer.

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How to answer a question which already has acceptable answers and my answer will add at most 5% to the existing answers

Few hours ago I answered the question reading file without newlines in Python. The problem is that my answer is made up of existing answers with probably 5% tweak. I did it to facilitate future ...
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How does the notion of accepting answers handle cases that vary setup to setup? [duplicate]

The problem being: an answer to a problem that works on my "machine" may not on yours, and what works on yours may not work on Person C's; etc... I'm wondering therefore whether it would be more ...
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Make negative score answers unacceptable

On politics.SE it happens annoyingly enough that someone asks a question which seems ok (i.e neutral and objective enough), but then they accept a hugely downvoted answer, e.g -20 relative score. ...
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Acceptable answer for a code golf [migrated]

The code golf stackexchange tour gives a detailed explanation on, how to ask a code golf question. But what about how to answer? I have multiple questions about: How to give an answer?. Neither the ...
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Remind me to accept my own answer

I quite often find the solution to my problem alone (writing down the question helps, comments also help!), and when it happens, I usually end up writing an answer the same day. Now, Stack Exchange ...
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Can we accept an answer more than 1 time? The reputation tab tooltip seems to think so

In the reputation tab, when hovering on the accepted answer, I can see the tooltip as "answer was accepted 1 time". It seems to imply that the answer can be accepted multiple times. Wouldn't it be ...
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Populate the “UserId” field in “Votes” for Answer Accepts in SEDE

In the Stack Exchange Data Explorer (SEDE), votes are not recorded with the user that cast them, for privacy reasons, except in cases of bounties and favorite votes. However, for answer accept votes ...
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Are we aiming for a single answer that covers everything about a question on Stack Exchange? [duplicate]

So I was thinking about why only one answer can be accepted to any particular question on Stack Exchange. I was thinking, most likely, so there would develop one answer that covers "everything" about ...
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Should we always accept a better answer, or also reward response speed? [duplicate]

Case in point here. Akrun gave a great answer in ~2 minutes. Grada's answer is slightly better (because it's simpler and more generalizable), but came in a little later (but still before Akrun's ...
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Can a bounty be awarded to a non-accepted answer? [duplicate]

I have a problem one of the users who asked awhile ago about something related to SQL injection. I provided an answer for his problem, and some solutions, but he did not accept my answer nor did he ...
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What should I do when answers contradict each other, but both sides seem correct?

I recently asked a question on the Politics Stack Exchange site, which I thought was a "Yes or No only" question and the first three answers where clearly stating no. I was about to accept an ...
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Should we remind users with a link to their question?

What this question is about: It occurred to me that even experienced users occasionally forget that they either: received viable answers to existing questions or need to edit existing questions to ...
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Unable to close question because of “answer converted to comment”

I posted a question on Stack Overflow: Postgres: Why did adding index slow down regexp queries? Because of lack of reactions, I later posted the same question on DBA Stack Exchange: Postgres: why did ...
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Answer should be auto-bountied if it was the only one to ever exist and the reason was for rewarding an existing answer [duplicate]

I posted a bounty on this question on May 27, intending to reward it to the person who had a highly upvoted answer that was accepted on May 19. The reason I chose from those available was One or ...
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If I accept an answer on my question, remind me I can upvote it as well [duplicate]

If I upvote an answer on my question, I am reminded that I can accept the answer. If I accept an answer on my question, there should be a prompt to upvote the answer.
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Handling sock puppets farming rep via accepting answers, not upvoting

I've been keeping an eye on two accounts that are pretty obviously sock puppets, and are farming (small amounts of) rep off of each other. I believe they are sock puppets because: The accounts were ...
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Does accepting an answer invalidate a Low Quality Post review task?

I have encountered a post with a weird timeline: 13:19 - Answer was posted. 13:20 - Answer was flagged as Very Low Quality. 13:35 - A Low-Quality review task was created. 13:36 - Answer was ...
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Allow new users to accept answers from the Not Enough Rep dialog

New users can't vote on questions or answers. Even when they ask a question, they aren't able to vote on the answers to that question. If they click the up arrow, they get a dialog box telling them ...
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How is misrepresentation of Stack Exchange in the media (and in science) handled?

I'm a regular reader of the site of the British newspaper The Guardian. The quality of the articles is generally high and they cover a wide range of topics. Today I was surprised to come across an ...
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What happens to the accepted answer when a question is deleted?

If a question has an accepted answer and the question is deleted, what happens to the accepted answer and with the reputation coming from accepting that answer? More specifically: Is the accept sign ...
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Do not put accepted answer at the top automatically

As far as I know the accepted answer is always listed at the top in list of answers despite of the currently selected sorting tab (active/oldest/votes). The only single exception for this rule is when ...
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Valuable responses to my question are spread over numerous answers. As the asker, how can I make them more visible?

In my recent question on Travel Stack Exchange I attracted a lot of attention (not least in part because it was a hot network question) and I got a lot of answers. Frustratingly, early answers drove ...
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Reward someone who edited their answer as obsolete to point to mine

I've been active on SO since 2009, and have seen many old questions get new answers as technology changes. Sometimes the accepted answer becomes suboptimal, and the OP is no longer active to mark ...
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Shall I accept an answer that answers part of my question?

So I bet you all met into a scenario, where someone wrote a good, detailed answer which answers part (or most, or the core) of your question. Then should you mark it as accepted? Or should you just ...
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Improve the UX so it's obvious that the previous answer will be unaccepted when accepting another one

A new user receives a good answer Clicks the tick✅ next to it Receives another good answer Proceeds to tick that as well Unexpected[to a new user] result: First answer gets unaccepted User potentially ...
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A new answer provides a better solution to the accepted one; can I edit the accepted answer and paraphrase the new one?

I have found a question where the accepted answer is correct, but out-of-date. A newer answer gives a better solution for more recent versions of the library. I am neither the asker nor the answerer,...
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Accepted answers should not categorically block auto-deletion of closed questions

tl;dr Allow Roomba to auto-delete a closed question regardless of an accepted answer when the other criteria for auto-deletion are met Roomba should count an answer acceptance as a single upvote to ...
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What is the correct way to handle “answer plagiarism”? [duplicate]

Example: User A gives a not-great but working answer User A gets upvotes User A gets accepted answer User B gives the quantifiably best possible answer User B gets more upvotes User A edits answer to ...
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Why are heavily-downvoted accepted answers still listed first? [duplicate]

The answer that sparked the question is this one where the answerer provided a completely wrong answer to the question and was consequently heavily downvoted. However, the answer seems to have ...
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Upvoting OP only once answer is accepted

There seems to be a trend on SE, that the OP is upvoted by the answerer only once the answer has been accepted. Here is one typical timeline I have in mind: OP posts answerer offers an answer (OP may ...
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Can't see that answer is accepted in screen reader

I've noticed that after accepting answers, e.g. this one, I have no indication that it is accepted, using a screen reader. This has been occurring on multiple SE sites. The screen reader reports the ...
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How to choose between several incomplete answers?

If I asked a question (namely this one), and the solution I end up using is a combination of some of the answers, and another answer explains why it is correct, How to choose the answer to accept? ...
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Prompt when I accept my answer within 2 days seems miswritten?

When I try accept my answer, I see a prompt: You can accept your own answer in 2 days Is this miswritten for "you can not accept your own answer in 2 days"? See also: Why must I wait two days ...
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Make self-accepted answers rise to the top

There has been a very large amount of confusion about self-accepted answers not rising to the top of all other answers. For a while, it wasn't possible self-accept answers. Then this blog post came ...
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Better way to search for unaccepted posts

I like to make sure I am not person that: Ask questions Gets answers Benefits from answers Never accepts an answer However I also dont like to accept right away, so that I am not adding to FGIW ...
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Etiquette of accepting answers

I ask some questions and get answers on the Stack Exchange network as usual. But I am biased towards accepting answers late because of the following reasons: Waiting for better answers Checking ...
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How to Encourage (or Make) Questioners Wait to Choose Best Answer

I originally posted this question on Writing.SE (How to Encourage (or Make) Questioners Wait to Choose Best Answer) and was encouraged to post it here. Much too often, a newer questioner will choose ...
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Allow moderators or other trusted users to pin accepted answer by asker

Currently, by design, if you accept your own answer it does not get pinned above the question. This practice is actually detrimental to lower throughout Stack Exchange network sites. As such, ...
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Answer awarded bounty but not accepted as an answer. Bounty not added to reputation

I've answered a question with a bounty. Ultimately the question author found out the solution by himself, posted it and accepted that answer. But they decided to award my answer a bounty for my ...
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Accepting two answers marked as solved [duplicate]

I noticed a small visual bug. You have the same page in two tabs, you accept an answer in one, you go to the other, someone posts an answer and you accept it. You go to the first tab, you click on the ...
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2 accepted answers

The question Как удалить элемент из выпадающего списка с помощью jQuery? (wayback machine link) has two accepted answers: This is probably because of the migration from http://hashcode.ru. This ...
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Should accept marks count towards the tag score? [duplicate]

(Why are accepted answers not included in the tag badge calculation? has a different focus than this. That one explicitly asks solely for the rationale behind the current design. Arguing about the ...
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Could the Green Check be creating Confirmation Bias on Up Voted Answers?

Found this question and answer searching "confirmation bias" and "accepted answer". I think the green check box might be too close to the up / down-vote controls. I don't question the existing up ...
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How can some one earn a large number of points by posting 1 question but got 5 upvotes? [duplicate]

I just wonder how someone in StackOverflow can earn a large number of points in a week but just with 1 question and 5 upvotes. I found Ugur as one of those who earned the highest number of the ...
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What is the meaning of accepting an answer (esp. less upvoted) in the child meta sites? [duplicate]

In child meta-s, we often try to get community consensus about certain policy or rule by asking a question. But let's say that, the OP (which can be a Mod also) accepts an answer which satisfies ...
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Rule clarification for Enlightened badge (again, I know) [duplicate]

I know that this very question was asked before (more than once), but the answers don't apply here. This answer was the first and only one given, was accepted with 10 votes, but didn't result in the ...
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Answering etiquette

I'm wondering if there is an etiquette or rule to follow regarding answers. Say someone answers a question, then someone else answers with a near duplicate of the first answer and that one is ...
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Why can't I accept my own answer straight away? [duplicate]

I had a question, nobody else posted any answers, and I worked out the solution myself. Why do I have to wait 24 hours to accept my own answer. When I don't have to wait before accepting anybody else'...
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Can I accept a self-answer with content from outside Stack Exchange?

Here is my motivation: How to convert estimated precision to variance?. On the one hand, the provided answer is perfect in my opinion and could be accepted, but on the other hand it is not actually my ...
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Accepting the answer given by a certain person

I have posted a few questions on Stack Overflow. And I have accepted the answers for most of them. Stack Overflow gives us an option of sharing the link to a question that we posted with other ...