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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Re: tech questions where correct answers change over time - is there a way to show only the votes after a certain date?

Note: In an act of triage, this question was retitled and edited to become a request for technical support instead of a feature request - yet still be a question to match the high quality answer that ...
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Why is the “question eligible for bounty in x hours/days” link not shown when you accepted an answer?

When viewing your own question which isn't 48 hours old yet, you'll see a link "question eligible for bounty in x hours/days": When you accept an answer, the link isn't shown. Is there any ...
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Checkmark option appears to be missing - can't accept answer! [duplicate]

I signed up yesterday and asked a question on StackOverflow - and received an answer within about an hour. But I can't find anyway to 'accept' it. I realize there's supposed to be checkmarks, but they'...
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Why does the accepted answer not come first? [duplicate]

On the question Unity Project doesn't have solution file, if you sort by "votes" or "active", the accepted answer (with the green checkmark) is not the top answer. (At least, this is what I am ...
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What are the different ways to mark the asked question as solved? [duplicate]

I want to know what are the ways to mark an asked question solved? If someone has answered correctly and solved my doubt, then how do I mark it as my answer to question and also mark the whole ...
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Whose answer should you accept: Another person's or your own? [duplicate]

I asked a question about a programming problem and someone wrote a couple of comments, trying to help me find the source of the problem and even pointing out a problem with my code that was easy to ...
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Does/could/should SE prompt users harder to vote on and accept answers to their questions?

If I remember rightly, when I view a question to which I haven't yet accepted an answer, I sometimes see a reminder to accept an answer. But I was wondering if SE sites could push users harder to ...
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Accept tickmark and Timeline icons are displayed in wrong Z-order on Review pages [duplicate]

Being on Review queue pages you can scroll the page while review block itself remains on the top of the page. In such situation some items from the reviewing post (e.g. accepted tickmark or timeline ...
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How bold should old accepted answers be edited when they become outdated? [duplicate]

Case in point: How do you assert that a certain exception is thrown in JUnit 4 tests? The accepted answer is not the best answer anymore, yet visitors to this page asking for this question are likely ...
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Selecting the answer - I'm sure this must have been asked [duplicate]

Quite soon, I'm going to select the answer to a question I've posted. I appreciate the way the current system works means I can only choose a single answer. What really struck me about this particular ...
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Warn new users that they cannot accept more than one answer

A typical error made by new users is trying to accept more than one answer to one of their questions. Therefore, I suggest that if a low reputation user (let us say, an user whose reputation is below ...
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Is it okay to mark an answer as 'Accepted' when I can't test it?

I asked a technical question on dba.stackexchange.com. I got a very good answer, but because I made many technical changes to my environment before I read the answer, I'm no longer in a position where ...
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Who controls 'accepting of answers' for questions of deleted users [duplicate]

I find several questions like mentioned here: Question of deleted user shown The question OP is not clickable (and often has a name like user123456) and is probably not existing anymore. These ...
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I am asked to accept answers, and also when I do, users also asked why I accepted somebody's answer but not his

What can I do? Some users would say I need to accept answers. Sometimes I don't know the topic enough to be certain which answer is the most correct. Also I don't want accepting an answer to ...
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Why didn't I get any bounty after the question was accepted? [duplicate]

I have answered a question, and after the bounty expired, I didn't get any bounty. And the bounty was started by the question owner, the question owner accepted an answer during the bounty period, ...
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Bountied reputation changes treated as accepted answers

I recently got a bounty here on SO: how to round/remove traling ".0" zeros in pandas column? But when I look at the summary page of my activity, it's colored green and it's the same color ...
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Which answer should I mark as correct - the first comments or the first answer?

After asking Player disappears when it collides with a tagged object, one user, in the comments section, asked one question and, with my answer, he asked another question and added a consideration ...
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What to do if someone has answered my question as a comment but not posted an answer? [duplicate]

For example, my question on math stackexchange got answered by somebody in the comments. Since you can't accept comments, what should I do now?
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How to deal with an accepted answer that is not answering the question? [duplicate]

I recently came across a question in Workplace SE where the accepted answer does not provide a solution to the question. From the most upvoted comment on the answer, I'm curious how this is the ...
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Why isn't this accepted non-self answer pinned on top?

I came across this question that practices the behavior: The accepted answer isn't submitted by the question asker, but it's not pinned on top. Why? Note: For the sake of explanation, I removed ...
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Time is too fast in some Stack Exchange sites: change reward for accepted answers [closed]

In some sites, Stack Overflow being the most significant, a question without an accepted answer after a few minutes has a very high probability of never being answered. Opening a bounty could ...
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I feel that lately the answers to my questions on Stack Exchange are low quality

I started using Stack Overflow1 a few years ago when I was learning c-sharp. I remember that when I was asking something, I was either getting a link to an existing question (duplicate or similar ...
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what happens and what should happen when an asker accepts a wrong answer? [duplicate]

In this question (about how to check version number for numpy), they answer accepted by the asker, as been commented by multiple people, as not being neither standard, nor the recommended method. ...
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Time of Accepted Answer in Stack Exchange Dump [duplicate]

I was looking into the Stack Exchange dump and wanted to try to get more information on when an accepted answer is declared. The Votes table had been suggested in a previous post since it has a type ...
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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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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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