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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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I can accept my own answer without waiting for 48 hours. If I retract the accept vote, it shows an error message [duplicate]

I accidentally accepted my own answer at The “View all” community buttons in the Community user's site profiles link to a server error page. When I accepted my own answer, I was shocked. Here it ...
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Why does my reputation go down after a user self-deleted the question I posted an answer to? [duplicate]

I'm relatively new to Stack Overflow and managed to earn some reputation in little over a week by posting good answers. Today, I found that my reputation was lowered by 45 points (almost one-third of ...
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Should the poster of a question be able to mark their self-answers after 2 days automatically?

After the poster finds an answer and posts it, they have to wait 2 days to mark it as the answer. Should Stack Exchange provide a button or option to automatically mark it as the answer after 2 days, ...
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How can I assign a bounty and the "accepted answer" checkmark to more than two equally good answers?

I posted a question and added a 100 point bounty. I got (so far) three equally great answers. Each of the answers approached the problem from a different angle. All three answers are independent. All ...
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What is the correct meaning/interpretation of the number of upvotes next to an answer on Stack Exchange?

I am not so naive to think that this wasn't asked/discussed, but I have not found a close enough fit to my question (yet). Also, I will appreciate any improvements to my question (also as per language)...
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Allow high-reputation users or topic experts to "endorse" answers posted by other users

The problem I am a Physics Stack user and I made a feature request that I was told would be a better fit for the mother meta site. I am a user who primarily answers way more than I ask. In short, the ...
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Is it not recommended to accept an answer quickly, because it might not encourage users to write more answers? [duplicate]

A moderator told me to not accept an answer too soon because it hinders users from writing more answers. But the accepted answer fits my needs, AND it even looks like a Canonical Answer to me. Is that ...
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What can be done if a user accepts an incorrect or inadequate answer to his question due to some bias? [duplicate]

I've noticed that a lot of users on Meta, especially new users, have various biases towards and against certain answerers. I wondered what would the protocol be if a user, who already has a few ...
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What is the correct way to reply to community wiki FAQ questions with an accepted answer?

There is a FAQ community wiki question Why isn't providing feedback mandatory on downvotes, and why are requests suggesting such negatively received? with the accepted answer, in which I disagree ...
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Duplicate questions with no accepted answer [duplicate]

What am I supposed to do when trying to flag a question as a duplicate but the question I'm trying to link doesn't have an accepted answer? This question and the answer makes me think that I should be ...
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Are sock puppet answer accepts retracted? [duplicate]

A user used sock puppets to ask questions and answer with main account, then accept own answers, even if there's other answers, including ones that outscore it significantly. Self-upvotes were ...
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Should we change the accept-answer feature to question-solved?

Do we really gain something by the possibility of accepting an answer? (Edit 2: following the interesting points remarked by other users, the question should probably be Shouldn't we replace the ...
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Why can't I mark my question as answered on Stack Overflow?

I understand from reading several other questions how marking a question as answered should look - i.e. simply hitting the checkmark next to the best answer. I also understand, from reading, that ...
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What does it mean when it says that accepted answers are immune to the reputation cap?

I post an answer, and I get 20 upvotes. It isn't accepted. Then I post a second answer. It gets 10 upvotes and is accepted. Did I earn 215 reputation or did I get 315 reputation on that day. In other ...
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Mark as "Answered" if no other answers in 24 hours

Recently I forgot to check a question as "Answered". Since it remained unanswered for a day or three, many other proposed answers were given, and some of them were really better than the ...
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How can I delete my wrong accepted answer? [duplicate]

Similar questions were asked before, but the answers recommend to edit the wrong answer to make it correct which does not suit me: after reading the question again I noticed that the question is ...
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The "You can accept your own answer in <period>" alert is missing a period․

When trying to accept your own answer too early, you get an alert like You can accept your own answer in 11 hours According to the Stacks design guidelines, it is missing a period; it's a full ...
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Button to view "Questions with no accepted answer"

It would be nice if, across all SE sites, there was a button on the "Questions" page for each user, that allowed you to filter your own questions which you haven't accepted an answer for yet....
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What is a proper way to simplify an accepted but long answer for my own question?

Consider I have a question which got a big comprehensive answer, which fully clarified the question to me. But it's not just a comprehensive explanation: none of other shorter answers I saw actually ...
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Nice Answer and Enlightened badges not awarded

Yesterday, this answer of mine got its tenth upvote and it has no downvotes. Furthermore, it is the only answer to its question, and it got accepted. Therefore, I should have earned both a Nice Answer ...
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Evaluating importance of the question

TLDR: Split up voting, and only give reputation when question is concluded (answer is accepted). Then award reputation based on activity after, by people who revisit the topic and vote. DISCLAIMER: ...
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Which answer should I mark as Accepted? Best way or way I actually used? [duplicate]

As the title states, I came across a small but tricky question. The specific content can be found here: how to properly handle input dependent async data calls in react component? I got one answer ...
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On sites where accepting an answer does not pin it, should it get a boost in rankings?

Some sites no longer pin accepted answers to the top. While I understand the reasoning (e.g. the OP's favorite answer might be wrong), it does seem like acceptance should "boost" the answer ...
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Accepted answer box; grey instead of green

A few days ago, the new styling made the accepted answer boxes dark green, as described in this question. Today, I saw a 'new' grey variant, with the 'accepted answer' icon: Screenshot of all 3 ...
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Give us back the light green box for accepted answers. It can be accessible too!

Today the box that indicates if a question has an accepted answer has changed colour. This was done in an effort to improve the accessibility of the site. A noble goal which I generally applaud. If we ...
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Why has the green accepted answer indicator become darker on all the sites?

I just noticed this change recently; the green accepted answer indicator has become darker (i.e., from 47% lightness to 31%) on all the sites: Previous design for comparison: Was this intended?...
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My "self-answer" is the right one, but users may think it should not be accepted. Is this a good reason to request to disown it?

Some time ago I made a question on a SE site about a very subtle issue. After some investigation, I have found the (very) subtle problem and I fixed it by myself, posting an answer to my own question, ...
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Is the accept/bounty reminder still shown after the Activity page revamp in 2021?

Back in 2019-2020, there was still an accept/bounty reminder that was shown on the user's profile page (despite the possible layout bug): Alignment issue with the accept reminder message in Activity -&...
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Self-accepting an answer shows 0 rep in green instead of gray

When you accept an answer that you wrote for your own question (self-accepting), the event in the reputation history correctly shows 0 rep earned, but it incorrectly displays it in green: ...instead ...
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Can I upvote multiple posts from the same person if they are helpful?

I posted a few questions on Stack Overflow. After getting answers, I felt like they were all right as they solved my problems. So, I accepted all of them. From then, whenever I visit the website, I ...
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Accepting an answer still pushes it towards the top of the list of answers [duplicate]

It has been brought to my attention that, on sites where the Would you like to have the accepted answer unpinned on your site? got applied, accepting an answer does push the answer towards the top of ...
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Can we start indicating that there is an accepted answer at the start of the Answers section on a question?

I was on Stack Overflow looking for an answer to a question. The default (I presume) sort didn't look hopeful, but I wanted to know if there was an accepted answer to look for or to just sort by score ...
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Accepted answers are no longer highlighted uniquely in new reputation history page

In the new reputation history page, accepted answers are no longer highlighted specially. There used to be a green background on events which included an accepted answer. You can see this the previous ...
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What answer should one accept when they both answer different aspects of the question? [duplicate]

This question of mine asks for multiple things, and two different answers cover different parts. Is here the metric which answer took the most time and work? Because I wouldn't know. Or is it which ...
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Add notification for when a followed question accepts an answer and when a followed answer gets accepted

I follow the questions that I answer, and oftentimes I would check back at the question I answered most recently to see if their OP accepted an answer. If so, I would be able to review the accepted ...
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Stackoverflow's User's activity page shows answer as accepted when it's not really accepted [duplicate]

I've been noticing this since the last 5 hours. Activity page shows the answer in green which means "accepted", but when I open the answer, it's not accepted. Please refer to the screenshots:...
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Non-accepted answers highlighted as green in Summary tab

On my Stack Overflow profile's Activity/Summary tab: You can see that my answer to the question "How to clear a variable" clearly wasn't accepted, but why does it show a green background? ...
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Should I unaccept an answer if it becomes obsolete?

I accept an answer to my question. Years later, the question still stands but the answer is obsolete and there may be a more appropriate answer. Should I unaccept it? There are some small variations: ...
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Remind "non" novice users about the functionality of the site

Is there some way to help, remind or alert users who only generate questions but then don't participate in any way in the derivative actions such as upvote, downvote or accept an answer? It's ...
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Accepted top meta/network posts aren't green colored in the profile

My profile link. Most "top meta posts" and "top network posts" are accepted but they're not green colored like the "top posts" are.
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Is the full bounty awarded if an answer is accepted after half the bounty is awarded?

If half the bounty is awarded to the top voted answer, and that answer is accepted later, will the other half of the bounty be awarded?
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Do we want accepted answers unpinned on Meta Stack Exchange?

Stack Overflow and many other Stack Exchange sites have changed the way they sort answers: We no longer pin the accepted answer (with the green checkmark) to the top of the list of answers. By ...
Jitendra Singh's user avatar
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What value would showing an unpinned accepted answer selection have to readers?

Genuine question stemming from Should the 'accept' icon be updated? Assuming SE will go ahead and unpin accepted answers. Is there any value in showing the selected answer (most helpful to the ...
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Should the 'accept' icon be updated?

I've on occasion seen people misinterpreting the check mark as: The answer is correct/perfect The answer is approved So when the answer doesn't meet those expectations, the asker may not accept (...
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Unpinning the accepted answer from the top of the list of answers

Today we changed the way we sort answers on Stack Overflow. We no longer pin the accepted answer (with the green checkmark) to the top of the list of answers. By default, we now sort strictly by votes ...
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Add answer acceptance timestamp to the post timeline [duplicate]

As far as I see the timestamp for answer acceptance is only visible on green tick tooltip on the post page, e.g.: Answer's timeline doesn't contain any information about acceptance as described here. ...
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Best practice about average time to accept an answer and accept answer decision [duplicate]

What is the common sense for the time to accept a user answer? For example, I usually think that I need to wait, for example, 1 week or more, because some questions have more than one answer and I ...
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No check mark – How do I mark an answer as accepted? [duplicate]

I recently asked a question and would like to mark one of the answers as accepted. The problem is that I do not see a way to do so. On the left-hand side of the answer I can either vote up/down or ...
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Can old questions and unaccepted answers be 'cleared' when the OP has been AWOL for several years?

Can't old questions with no accepted answers be 'cleared' when it is obvious there was an acceptable answer? Speaking specifically about the OP's negligence of accepting an answer, or a comment was ...
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Can I answer my own question without accepting it?

I recently posed a question on stack exchange biology about how viruses persist outside the body, and HPV in particular. The question received some upvotes initially but no answers. After putting a ...
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