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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A different idea for dealing with the occasional bad accepted answer

I've been giving Let's move some negatively scored answers from the top spot (and the related posts it refers to) a little bit of thought recently, and I have a new proposal. The problems with ...
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Any recourse for when an objectively wrong answer is Accepted, and also protected from criticism?

Let's say an objectively wrong answer was highly upvoted, selected as Best Answer, and then all the normal options for recourse (comments, flags) were purged by a mod with a political bias in line ...
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Can the answer of a Q&A be auto-accepted when both are posted at the same time?

Catija convinced me: dumb idea. Thanks for putting me straight! Original question: Yes, I'm aware of Jeff Atwood's original blog post from 2008 and the partial relent from 2009 and the other ...
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Adding a way to mark answer as “partially accepted”

When someone gives me an answer which is useful, but doesn't fully answer the question, there is a problem when I need to decide what to do with it. If I accept this partial answer, no one will ...
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How to encourage users to say WHY their solution works?

Regularly on Stack-overflow I come across some really great solutions but although the solution works fine the author does not say WHY it works. A great example of this is here The top voted answer ...
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Will I get a new populist badge for a new answer if the answer I got for the first one became accepted?

Let's assume this scenario: I get the populist badge for a specific answer (as it outscores the accepted answer by the required margin) The asker later changes the accepted mark to my answer, so it ...
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Award part of reputation back to bounty owner

This is the question I'm talking about. I'm the OP, the bounty owner, the only one who answered and there aren't any real comments too. Wouldn't be safe to allow awarding part of bounty reputation ...
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Put correct answer in the question or edit the accepted answer? [duplicate]

Let's say I have a problem (this is quite common) and ask on one of the Stack sites. There are a few answers, but none of them are really great. Eventually, after some back and forth in the comment ...
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Choosing option to close own answered question? [duplicate]

I want to close my question, as it is answered, because I think my question is solved with given answer so which options must I choose from the below to close a question? Which option is suitable? ...
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SEDE: Invalid column name

I'm trying a SEDE query to known the questions that has an accepted answer and with big difference of votes between the accepted answer as "best" answer. My try of query is: SELECT TOP 10 q....
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Does deleting an account uncheck the accepted answers?

In my opinion the accepted answer should permanently stick as only the original question submitter has the ability to accept.
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How to accept an answer to a question made as guest? [duplicate]

Yesterday I made a question on Chess Stack Exchange as a guest user (ChessNoob - How to avoid Pirc in favor of KID) People answered and I'd like to accept one of the answers (the one made by ...
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Accepted answer on very popular question not in the first place [duplicate]

On this very popular question on Unix.SE: Why does man print "gimme gimme gimme" at 00:30?, the answer by Marnanel Thurman (with approximately 1.6k votes) shows before the accepted answer (...
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Why is the accepted answer, below another (very highly voted) answer? [duplicate]

In this HNQ of Unix and Linux SE, I saw that the accepted answer, with 248 votes, is below another answer with 1382 votes (Yes, I am talking about gimme gimme gimme!) . But as far as my knowledge ...
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If bounties must wait 24 hrs to award, why isn't accepting an answer held to the same restriction?

I have seen varying opinions across a handful of stackexchange sites as to how long you should wait to accept an answer. This answer claims that you should wait as long as it takes to get a correct ...
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Accepted answer is low scoring - Would SE benefit from a “contentious” banner-alert?

With respect to Is it safe to cut off from the inside of my helmet? This question is a good example of SE working suboptimally. The accepted answer presently has a score of -1 with 4 up and 5 ...
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Was the sorting changed? [duplicate]

I just saw a few questions where the accepted answer was not the top answer when sorting by votes. I think that was always the case a few days ago. Did the sorting system change?
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Accepting an answer to a typo question

On SO, I asked a question that, after a bit of experimentation, ended up being a typo question. There was one person who, unable to comment (not sure why), tried to help me troubleshoot by giving an ...
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Phantom unaccept appearing just before accept

My answer was accepted for this question, but my reputation log shows something weird: An unacceptance appears before the acceptance, and they both have the exact same timestamp. My answer wasn't ...
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Do accepted answers turn green only on MathOverflow? [duplicate]

This question, the accepted answer has a green background, I don't think I've ever seen that before on any Stack Exchange website, does it happen only on MathOverflow?
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Add info about time to acceptance into the /accepted-answer page in the help centre

If someone wants to know what the time limit is for acceptances, they need to come here and search in the faq. That's suboptimal - not everyone even knows about the existence of main meta, and this ...
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Cannot mark question as answered on the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Stack Exchange site [duplicate]

I want to mark a question as answered on the "Geographic Information Systems" Stack Exchange site. I marked the answer as accepted, and the green tick mark appeared: However, when I am coming back ...
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Please fix the Q/A pairs that have an accept vote but don't show a green tick

A couple of weeks ago I answered Data Dump Accepted Answer with wrong ParentId and that revealed some corner cases where questions had multiple accepted answers and questions that didn't show an ...
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Is it okay if I don't accept an answer even though the answer is correct? [duplicate]

For example: I have a question that I posted before. It didn't get much attention from other users. I put a bounty on my question. Many users viewed my question and someone gave me a solution. I ...
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Crediting commenters in the answer

Sometimes suggestions from comments get incorporated into the accepted answer. In such scenario it is common to mention the commenter who provided some useful input. Usually such mention is in a form "...
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Why not mark answered questions in “answers” view?

Some time ago I asked how I could figure which of my answers were given to questions that are still open (see here). Further thinking about this: I really find that information helpful - and I ...
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Should I accept my own answer on a discussion if no other answers were posted?

Around three months ago I posted the question Which required tag should be used with [tag:synonym-request]?, looking for feedback on what tags should be used in a synonym-request. I included my own ...
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If the OP accepts a community wiki answer, do they get +2 rep? [duplicate]

Community Wiki answers give no reputation to the people who voted for them. They also don't give the +15 of acceptance if they are marked as accepted. But does the OP (of the question) get the normal ...
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Should I accept technically correct answer or the answer which is the solution for me? [duplicate]

I asked the following question. How to close a website for a few months without affecting SEO? It got two answers. Answer 01 :How to close a website for a few months without affecting SEO? Answer ...
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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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Can I mark an answer as a workaround instead of an accepted answer?

I recently submitted a question. No one posted an answer to my question, but someone posted a workaround that was sufficient for me in this particular case. Is it possible to mark his answer as a '...
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Tiny bug with suspension [duplicate]

First off, this is a very tiny bug that doesn't really affect anything here except my perfectionism. When a suspended user tries to accept an answer on their question, the following message comes up: ...
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Check mark gets cut off for short answers

The check mark on accepted answers gets cut off for short answers in the Android app. The answer in question is https://literature.stackexchange.com/a/2355/481. (It was accepted while I was ...
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What to do when a low-rep user “abandons” the site without accepting an answer?

Sometimes I see questions asked by super-low-rep users, even reputation-1, which have one (or more) reasonable answers with some upvotes - but no answer is accepted, and the OP doesn't make any ...
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How can I retract an accepted answer? [duplicate]

If I accept an answer in my question, how can I retract my proposal (and accept another)? Furthermore, will I lose any reputation retracting answer acception? Will the answerer lose any reputation ...
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Should I suggest to have the bounty un-awarded to myself?

It appears that if a bounty is clicked as awarded, even if the time still remains (e.g., for a better answer), then the question goes away from the "featured" tab. Is it a safe (and a good idea, too) ...
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Why are self-answers to Q&A style questions only allowed to be accepted after 2 days? [duplicate]

Stack Overflow allows for a user to "answer your own question, Q&A style" (you can even tick a box that allows you to post the answer at the same time as the question), but you are not allowed to ...
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Adding and accepting own answer that only says “I did what X said”

I noticed some questions like "how do I do something?" that several people have answered. Say the answers are "do A", "do B", "do C", ... At the end there is an accepted answer from the person who ...
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Wait To Select Best Answer

The guidelines allow someone who has asked a question to select an "accepted answer" after 15 minutes. Guidelines also encourage best answers to be selected after waiting a day or two. Even if ...
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Earlier answer edited to duplicate later answer in full

I recently revisited an old answer of mine to an even older question, and was a bit surprised by the changes I saw; I came across this question in 2013. At that point, the question had been asked ...
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Is it acceptable to answer the title of a question instead of the text of the question?

So, every once in a while I'll find a question where the title is of a much larger scope than the actual question. A good example is this question where the title is "How to keep light switches “...
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Can I filter my answers on whether they are accepted or not accepted?

In my user profile, I can see my list of answers and I can filter by votes, activity or newest. Is it possible to filter this list to see only the accepted answers or the not-accepted?
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Is there a general rule for how to deal with your answer if you disagree with it later?

Suppose I answer a question, correctly to the best of my knowledge, and it is voted up, maybe even accepted. 5 years later, learning new techniques, I may come across an old answer of mine which ...
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Method to get answers accepted if OP is unregistered [duplicate]

On many of the Stack Exchange sites, a significant proportion of questions are asked by unregistered users who are then unable to accept an answer to their question as correct. This is a massive ...
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Answer re-accepted but still -15 RP

Yesterday I answered a question and the answer got accepted and upvoted. In my reputation list I got +15RP for an accepted answer but also -15RP for an unaccepted answer. Apparently the answer got ...
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Does accepting an answer affect the question being on a hot network question list directly?

If a question is currently on a Hot Network List, does accepting one of its answers directly affect whether it's on a hot list later or not? "directly" means that it affects the "hot" formula ...
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Marking correct answer when multiple answers are used [duplicate]

On some Stack Exchange sites it is unclear to me which answer to accept as correct. For example, sites such as lifehacks, scifi and personal productivity, give theories and tools, several which (or a ...
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What action do I take when a more acceptable answer is posted? [duplicate]

I asked a question on an Stack Exchange site and at the time got an answer which I marked as such (Question in question) Since accepting the answer, a new answer has been submitted which is now ...
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Combine rep for accepting answer with question's rep

When I accept an answer for my question I get +2 rep for that. Is it possible to combine reputation points for question with +2 for accepting answer for the same question in the achievements dialog? ...
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Could we have a 'soft' accepted answer for an unanswered question? [duplicate]

On some long-standing unanswered questions there is often an answer that is probably the right answer, with more upvotes, comments including positive words & chatter. So could the system itself ...