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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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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How does accepting an answer work?

What does it mean to accept an answer? How do I accept an answer, and what are the rules? Can I accept my own self-answer? What are the reputation benefits? Which answer should I accept? Should I ...
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Allow a request to question owner to reconsider correct answer to their question

Often questions have more than one correct answer, and sometimes the answer with the most votes is not selected as the right answer. Sometimes is because the most-voted answer was submitted later. Yet ...
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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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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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What if a long-gone user has accidentally upvoted the wrong answer? [duplicate]

In this question, the OP has selected an answer, but his accompanying comment clearly indicates that he thinks he is responding to one of the other answers. the OP thanks the answerer: "the ...
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Accepting answer without upvoting?

Is there ever a case where you would want to accept an answer, but not upvote it? I can't think of a single situation where this would be the case.. So would it not make sense to have the "Accept" ...
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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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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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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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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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Force Accepted Answers on Questions by Inactive Users

As a disclaimer, I must admit this may benefit me (I haven't checked), but probably not as significantly as most others. This issue is also something that has prevented me from answering questions by ...
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I can't accept another answer after deleting the accepted answer

I asked a question, got a partial answer from A, came up with a complete answer, posted it and marked it as an answer. But in between someone else (Person B) came up with a complete answer, before ...
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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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“You can accept an answer in 0 seconds” looks weird

Turns out every user needs to wait 15 minutes between asking a question and accepting an answer on it. If he tries to click "accept" earlier he sees "You can accept an answer in N seconds" which is ...
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Ask first, get an answer, then edit question to invalidate answer? [duplicate]

Wait, what? (This question has already been marked once since posting.) Is this something that happens regularly? Or is it just something that happens only every once in a while? I'm not looking ...
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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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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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Allow Accepted Answer recipient to give it away

The idea is that sometimes someone will post an answer and get the accepted answer award, even when it is obvious that someone else has an answer that is more correct. This can be done either through ...
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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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Why there is a “start a bounty” link on questions with an accepted answer? [duplicate]

Now I know this may be a duplicate of "Why I am getting an option to start a bounty for a question with accepted answer?", which however, has been inactive for 9 years, plus, it is marked as a ...
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Feature Request: “WAKE UP and accept my answer please”

Sometimes you give an answer to a question where: You know it is the right answer You know it resolves OP's problems There's no answer "better" than yours You have spent time and effort on it Other ...
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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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Accepted answer reward +15 awarded twice!

Today a strange thing happened. I wrote an answer and it was considered good enough to be accepted. Way too good. Because its acceptance gave me +30 rep! (source: coldattic.info) Here's an ...
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“How does accepting an answer work?” Image that shows “accepting answer” is wrong

The image at the FAQ entry How does accepting an answer work? isn't obvious. It says "To mark an answer as accepted, click on the check mark beside the answer to toggle it from hollow to green," but ...
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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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Problem with users not accepting answers

I am facing a recurring problem on Stack Overflow that goes like this: Someone asks a question. I answer, and we chat until their problem is solved. Then they leave the site, forgetting to upvote ...
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How do I see which of my questions are not accepted?

I want to quickly see all questions I have asked where I have not accepted an answer. How do I do this? Return to FAQ index
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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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How can I view all my unaccepted questions across SE?

I mean to get back them, really I do. So, how can I view all my unaccepted questions across the Stack Exchange network? Searching for user:me hasaccepted:0 works for a single site, but the ...
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Is it possible to see all my questions where I haven't accepted an answer yet across the entire SE network? [duplicate]

I am interested in finding all the questions I asked over the entire SE network that I don't yet have accepted an answer for. I have seen that there is another question for individual SE sites that ...
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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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Answer without explanation

Pleas have a look at this question. The OP wants to know why declaring variables globally didn't work in that case. In the sense, the OP tried it but it didn't work. If you look at the accepted answer ...
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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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How to hide the “+2” in my achievements dialog button when I accept an answer?

I already know that when I accept an answer, my reputation will gain 2 points. Because it isn't much, I don't feel that I need to give it a care. If it can be disappeared for an amount of time, I don'...
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Is “too complex” grounds for not accepting an answer?

I recently asked this questions on Mathematics.SE. At the end I put this after asking for an explanation for the answers. I don't think that it is too unreasonable to say that if I can't understand ...
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Which answer do I accept if I have multiple correct answers?

I asked a question that turned out to have multiple correct answers. How do I pick between them to determine which to accept? All of the answers were different. They were not the same answer given ...
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Keeping special status for Accepted Answers without sticking them to top forever?

I often see complaints about highly voted answers (an indicator of community respect) appearing below an accepted answer which may have far fewer votes e.g. Shouldn't the answer with more votes be ...
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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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What to do when the correct answer to a question changes over time?

My question concerns how to perform boost::filesystem copy_file with overwrite. I asked the question, and at the time selected the correct answer. However, time passes and libraries get updated, and ...
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Accepted question not shown in today or yesterday

Quite a rare occurrence, but someone appears to have accepted my answer on the exact second of the switchover to the next day (UTC time). It doesn't appear to be related to this question as it was ...
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Let's move some negatively scored answers from the top spot

Internally, we've been discussing how we can deal with obsolete or out-of-date answers. A few weeks ago, I requested some feedback on how to encourage edits to these types of answers, while I'm still ...
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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? ...