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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Why doesn't Stack Overflow use a best answer chosen by votes? [duplicate]

I often see many questions where users poor their hearts out creating high-quality answers that are merely upvoted, but never selected as the answer. The user who asks the question picks the answer ...
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Allow accepting (self-)answers on historical-locked questions

Assume a (self-answered) question gets locked for historical significance. Because of this, the user who posted the question cannot (repeat: not) perform any of these actions: mark own question as ...
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Should I try to give accepted answers for all my questions? [duplicate]

I realize that your suppose to accept an answer if it worked for you. What if you have a high up-voted question, but the answer was found through the comments? Do I ask the user who made the comment ...
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Should we warn the OP on attempts to accept multiple answers?

It happened again the other day on SO. I answered a question and 2 other users also answered the question. Because of the order that currently on my screen, my answer was in the middle of the 3. ...
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Strange behavior in unsung hero query

I recently notice that I'm close to get the Unsung Hero Badge so I run this query How Close Am I to Unsung Hero Badge (Including 10 days requirement)? with my userId 4848308 and I get as result | ...
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Accepted Answer Below Other Question? [duplicate]

I was looking at this question, and noticed that: The accepted answer was below another answer. It's not like the other answer had more votes, it had the same amount of votes. The accepted answer is ...
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Shouldn't I be getting an “Enlightened” badge for my answer?

I know this has been asked before but can someone explain to me what specific criteria I failed to meet for being awarded the Enlightened Badge? Enlightened silver; awarded multiple times ...
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I'd like to see all my questions waiting for me to accept an answer, across the network, in one overview

I'd like to see all my questions waiting for me to accept an answer, across the network, in one overview, possibly on my network profile page. Rationale I have a couple of "core" stacks I visit ...
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Are “This answer should be marked as accepted” comments not constructive? [duplicate]

Occasionally I come across great answers that aren't marked as accepted. They are commonly accompanied by the comment: "This should really be marked as accepted." (Example) In my opinion, the ...
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I would like to sort questions on date of acceptance

Please note that this is not about the overviews on user profiles; there's a separate feature request for that. (Several, actually, but I'm only linking to one). When sorting question overviews, I ...
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Should answers that are significantly edited after being accepted be flagged?

There is a question that I answered a while back, that I find myself looking at every now and then. Recently I noticed something that changed about the accepted answer. Here is the question: what ...
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Small, unobtrusive indicator that the Accepted Answer is not the most upvoted

I find a lot of questions, especially on Stack Overflow, where the question was answered quickly and the solution may have worked for that person, satisfying the accepted answer criteria, but another ...
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Is there a reason an asker would downvote an answer, but then mark it as accepted?

This is not a duplicate of Why may I accept and downvote the same answer?, as that is about why the feature hasn't been locked out or removed. I'm asking if there's any possible reason that someone ...
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Trolling by accepting answer

If I accepted answer in 100 of my questions in one day (reaching 200 rep in one day), then un-accept them all the other day, then accept them again - If I did that 50 times, would that make me Epic (...
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network answers in Careers should have bounty information, too

It appears that Careers shows whether an answer was accepted or not (in addition to the vote count), but doesn't show whether a bounty was won. That could be improved. Additionally, it's very ...
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Wrong answer adopting right answer

I recently answered a question which already was upvoted a little, but had a wrong answer (its comments acknowledged that). The wrong answer then was edited to match in explanation the right answer, ...
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New timeline view only shows *last* accept vote, no un-accepts

Sometimes an OP changes their mind and awards the accepted answer mark to another post. Sometimes they don't know you can only mark one answer as accepted, and click the big checkmark next to each ...
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Can a user accept answers during a suspension?

If I had posted a question that got an answer, and if I hadn't accepted the answer before I got suspended, would I be able to mark the answer as accepted during the time that I was suspended from the ...
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What is the logic behind allowing an answer to be accepted, but not upvoted? [duplicate]

On the lower traffic SEs I frequent, it seems that occasionally an asker will accept an answer without upvoting it. I am wondering if this is intentionally allowed (on the site's part) for a specific ...
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Accept button is not clear to new users so they are less likely to accept an answer

On every question that I answer where a user has less than a 100 rep I tell them to accept or optionally up vote my answer. If I don't do this, they might up vote me but if they have less than 15 rep ...
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Starting bounty by the answerer himself with reason “Reward existing answer”

I am just wondering after seeing this question : PHP JSON Special Characters , which has a bounty worthy of 100 reputation, with a reason showing as "One or more of the answers is exemplary and worthy ...
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Extra Rep Cap Buffer from Answer Accepts?

I capped on Code Review today, but I had a curious revelation in doing so. I accepted one of my ancient answers on a question of mine that never got any others, and had another answer be accepted. I ...
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Can I re-accept a question with my own answer?

I have a question with an accepted answer. Recently, I found another solution to the question that works better than the one I accepted. Is it acceptable to post this as my own answer and re-accept ...
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Who to up-vote - Integrated two answers to get to what I needed [duplicate]

I asked a question over on StackOverflow and got two answers to my question. The one answered my question in the most technical sense, but an integration of the two answers received is what I used in ...
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Is accepting an answer a good idea?

I feel like letting the answer with most up-votes to be the top answer so if at any later time someone provides a better answer it could be replaced.
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Is there a way to find out if an accepted answer has been re-assigned?

I am creating a query on data explorer in which I want to find out how many accepted answers were re-assigned (a different answer was accepted in the same question before, but a different question was ...
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What is the benefit of the acceptance-function when you have the vote-function? [duplicate]

What is the benefit of the acceptance-function when you have the vote-function? Currently the acceptance-function belongs to the user asking the question, not the community as the vote-function does. ...
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Where should I ask a comeback to the OP about the accepted answer?

There is this question I stumbled upon. The question can be viewed as a polar question ("is there any way to") and the answer can be summarized as "yes" (there is a way to). The answer also contains ...
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Warning label on accepted answers the community doesn't agree with

On questions in which the community heavily up votes a non-accepted answer, the best we can hope is a user scrolls down far enough to see it. I propose we go one step further and place a banner on ...
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Accepted answer is not correct any more [duplicate]

There are cases that the accepted anwser is not relevant anymore. I encounter this situation often lately, particular at stackoverflow. For example, this question: How can I make my own base image ...
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What does accepting an answer actually convey (2015 edition)?

From time immemorial, prominent placement for accepted answers has been baked into Stack Exchange. The reason is that, by accepting an answer, the OP is saying "I did that and it worked for me; I don'...
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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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“Dubious” button: unmark answer as accepted via voting

It is a no secret, that across Stack Exchange sites there are plenty of accepted answers, that are of dubious quality. They may answer to the question, but lack of something crucial. Some answers even ...
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Editing an Accepted Answer with attributed content from another answer

I'm just double-checking with Meta on this, because I'm not 100% sure if I'm right or not. I quickly Googled something, and landed on this SO page. The accepted answer is rather verbose, to the point ...
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Undeterred badge

We have an Enlightened badge: First to answer and accepted with score of 10 or more. This badge can be awarded multiple times But we don't have a badge to reward adding a good answer to a question ...
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How does accepted answer loses accepted status?

I was reading few guidelines and and came to a point where it was written that you lose a reputation if an accepted answer loses accepted status. How and in what case this can be done?
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Make explicit the reason to delay accepting an answer?

If we want users to delay their acceptance to make time for other answers appear, why don't we make that reason explicit? For instance: "you are accepting this too soon. Maybe you should wait for some ...
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Is there any privillege or criteria that allows you to accept answers earlier? [duplicate]

I have seen users comment that there is a 24h time limit before accepting answers. But I asked a question on Stack Overflow which was answered within 2 minutes. I tried out the answer and it ...
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Why should the accepted answer be always the first listed? [duplicate]

It often happens to see accepted answers with very few votes floating at the top of the list before much more voted ones. Actually which answer is more pertinent to the community ? The accepted one ...
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Why doesn't bounty end when I accept my answer and why a grace period starts? [duplicate]

I had a bounty on one of my questions. It got zero answers. I found an answer and posted it and accepted it. Why didn't the bounty end at that moment? Now it has expired. Why now there's a grace ...
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Are tags with 20+ % unsung answers healthy?

I recycled an old query for Top tags with a high proportion of zero-vote accepted answers: quite a bit are around 20 % in StackOverflow. (Someone should check other sites.) The top tag there has just ...
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Is it better to accept correct answers or thorough answers? [duplicate]

A little back-story -- Recently I saw a question SO (with a bounty of +50 rep) where I knew the answer. Someone had already attempted to answer the question both in comments and with an official ...
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Which answer should be the accepted answer for this question [duplicate]

I asked a question on Stack Overflow a few days back. It had one answer that was correct but was not so relevant to what was asked (The person wrote something he used in Ember but not React). So ...
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Is there a bug in the time delay between posting a self-answer and accepting it?

This is a follow-up of the update to the answer to this question. After that question, I thought everyone had to wait 2 days before accepting a self-answer. Yet today, as the answer says, I posted and ...
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Regarding the time that must pass between posting and acceptance of an answer [duplicate]

Correct me if I'm wrong but AFAIK: There is a time required to pass between an answer being posted and the questioner being able to accept it; This time is much longer (2 days!) if the answer is a ...
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Clarify the accepted answer help page

The current Help Center page, "What does it mean when an answer is "accepted" ($site/help/accepted-answer) contains the following text: It simply means that the author received an answer that ...
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Should I wait for several subjective answers before accepting the best one?

Some kinds of questions have very objective answers, and it's clear when an answer truly answers the question. Other questions have several possible answers: sometimes the best answer is easy to ...
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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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Should all SE network sites only accept questions that have a single acceptable answer?

From my experience on the SE network so far, the intent of an SE network site is to provide a singular correct answer to each question. Basically, if someone has a question that's answered on an SE ...
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Should I accept the answer I like most, or the one that is most useful for others? [duplicate]

I've asked a question, which has a number of answers. One of them has 16 upvotes, big answer, very complete, and is probably going to be the most useful for other visitors in the future. On the other ...

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