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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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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Please show us when we lose an accepted answer

Sometimes (like today) I see that an answer of mine that had been accepted is no longer the accepted answer. Thing is, I have absolutely no idea which one and I'd really like to see which one to ...
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Do you feel dirty if you nudge new users to accept your answer when they indicate you've answered their question?

I've had a couple of answers today where the OP indicated via a comment that I solved their problem, but the question wasn't upvoted or accepted. In both cases the person probably wasn't able to ...
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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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Why do incorrect answers keep getting “accepted”?

Seeing incorrect answers get "accepted" makes me seriously doubt the value of Stack Overflow. For example, this answer about Perl's symbolic references was accepted - but any competent Perl programmer ...
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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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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Internally, we've been discussing how we can deal with obsolete or out-of-date answers.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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Show alert for users with 0% (or low) acceptance rate [duplicate]

Is it possible to show alert (on top, like the alerts for new badges for example) for users with 0% accept rate when they log in, with text like "Please improve your accept rate" and link to page ...
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Can we exempt downvoted accepted answers from getting the top spot?

Similar to this request but narrower, I'm suggesting we make a particular exception for downvoted accepted answers (those with score less than zero, or some other threshold like -3), so that they stay ...
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Allow author of accepted answer to delete it in certain circumstances

I made a mistake today. I answered a question incorrectly. (A C# question, no less. My head is truly hanging in shame.) Unfortunately, by the time this was pointed out, the answer had already been ...
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Mark a comment as the answer to a question

I have a question and have seen others to which the best and most relevant answer (at least the one that solved my particular problem) is placed in the comments to the question as opposed to the ...
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Discourage questions being marked as answered within an hour or so of being posted

I keep on seeing a fair number of questions (such as this one) which get marked as answered within 5-10 minutes of being posted. Sometimes the questions like this are insanely popular and actually see ...
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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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Is It Time for a Duel System on Stack Overflow?

I was thinking over the weekend if there was a way to "correct" answers that were hastily marked as correct, or otherwise just plain wrong. It then occurred to me that time can also invalidate "...
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Would it be possible to have a “community accepted” feature?

Recently, I have answered a few questions that were upvoted by factors more than the accepted answer, but not accepted. This one, at the time of my writing, has an accepted answer that the asker said ...
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Reminding new users of accept/upvote “duty”?

I often see new users posting questions and getting answers. But instead of getting an upvote or accept for the answer, they just add a comment that the answer helped them. I understand that you need ...
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Notify us when an answer we've accepted has been edited

This could potentially completely change the answer. We should be given the opportunity to review it and if necessary comment or change our minds about accepting it. Of course we can do that now but ...
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Checkmarks on new SE sites are inconvenient for red-green colorblind users

When I ask a question on some of the new SE sites (and every answer has a check mark next to it for me to select one as my accepted answer), it's very hard for me to tell the difference between the ...
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Can the status of whether an answer has been accepted be a separate icon rather than a color difference?

It seems to me that the color difference to indicate whether a question has an accepted answer in the question listings on many sites may be too subtle, and indeed may be IMPOSSIBLE to decipher for ...
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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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Accept Multiple Answers or Split Bounty among Several Users

Often more than one person contributes to the community coming up with the final accepted answer to a question. However, it is only possible to accept a single answer. Restricting to one final answer ...
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Who stole the darkness from the accepted-answer-tick?

At first I thought my eyes were fooling me, but after taking a second look, I found the SO answer-tick to be brighter than before! old: new: (I find the new color to be too bright and stingy, ...
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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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Is Changing the Accepted Answer Frowned Upon? [duplicate]

Sometimes I get a good answer and accept it, but the someone else posts a brilliant answer. I of course upvote it, but I avoid changing my accepted answer in most situations, since I feel it might be ...
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Is there a system in place to prevent new users asking, answering and accepting answers to each others' off-topic questions?

Normally new users are not allowed to up-vote until they gain a bit of reputation by receiving up-votes or accepts from the community of a site. But this has a weak point that is being exploited: ...
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When you accept an answer should you also vote it up? [duplicate]

By accepting an answer you're obviously already saying that it was useful. Should an additional up-vote be reserved for answers that are particularly useful, or do people always tend to use the two in ...
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How do you want to be notified of unaccepted answers?

One feature-request we keep seeing is users want to be notified when someone un-accepts an answer, so a few questions that follow are how often should these notifications be seen, under what ...
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Indicate when a user has unaccepted a massive number of answers to their questions

We've recently gotten a flag on Stack Overflow indicating that a user has gone through and unaccepted every single one of their answers. While this is perfectly OK and allowed by the system, it could ...
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Please bring back shading to accepted answers?

The shading for accepted answers was a nice UI touch, please bring it back.
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Do accepted answers still serve a useful purpose?

In the Stack Exchange voting system, we have two classes of votes: standard up / down votes that anyone can cast, and special accept votes that only the asker can. Although accepting an answer does ...
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Sometimes show highest answer before accepted answer?

For some questions the accepted answer is not that useful but the OP likes the answer for whatever reason. Later possibly, someone else comes along and provides a better answer (which ends up being ...
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View my questions with unaccepted answers

There is this new acceptance rate feature that appears beneath my signature card when I ask a question. How do I display all my questions with unaccepted answers? How can I easily see the list of ...
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Badge Suggestion: 'Helpful'

I am always a little hesitant to make a suggestion for badges but I thought this one might be interesting and there are so few badges based on accepted answers. I couldn't find any similar suggestions:...
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I am broken: post-undelete reputation issues

Specifically FAO Tim Post I guess, but this is probably going to relate to any StackExchange account that has previously been deleted and then put back together by the kind people at StackExchange. I ...
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SU question 473143 has two accepted answers

The question How to tab between buttons on an Mac OS X dialog box, recently migrated from SO to SU, has the interesting sight of two accepted answers. Even if this is a case of a merge (which is not ...
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Suggest Stack Overflow users with zero accept rates to accept some answers

This proposal is for Stack Overflow only, where questions usually get an objective answer, and where the answer rate is pretty good. If a user has asked several questions, and hasn't accepted a ...
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Is it poor form to switch accepted answers?

I had a question of the form "does something like X exist?" Someone wrote a response to say that, No, X does not exist, but I could write it if I liked. I had suspected as much, so I marked his answer ...
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Is it bad form to prompt new questioners to formally accept your answer?

Every so often I see questions with good or even clearly correct answers that go unaccepted because the questioner is a new user who hasn't quite grokked the mechanics of the site. They'll leave a ...
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The accepted answer concept is not useful for sites that are not about problem solving

Stack Overflow was the first SE site, and many mechanisms were designed for SO and not necessarily for all the different sites that came after it. The "accepted answer" concept is one of those ...
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How long should I wait before accepting an answer?

I have noticed that some questions get a lot of responses quickly, and the cool fact is that most of the time these initial responses are correct. I see users are motivated to accept answers. Because ...
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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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Unaccept answers when votes are invalidated

When a Stack Exchange employee invalidates votes in cases of voting fraud any reputation earned from acceptance of answers is removed, but the actual acceptance stays. This results in a the answer ...
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Community vote for “Accepted Answer” (Rep. >= 5000 only)

Possible Duplicate: Would it be possible to have a “community accepted” feature? People with reputation points >= 5000 should be allowed to vote for accepted answers for questions. Right now, a ...
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Informing new users of how to accept answers

I've been answering a lot of questions from new users lately where they tell me I've solved their problem but don't accept the answer. I've taken to doing something like this in a comment under my ...
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Would it be useful to show people's “hit rate” - i.e. percentage of answers accepted?

Just out of idle curiosity I thought I'd check how many of my answers had been accepted. The only way I could see was to manually count. Would people be interested in seeing this as a statistic on ...
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Blatantly wrong accepted answer

ADO.NET DataRow - check for column existence The accepted answer is factually incorrect; one can simply call row.Table.Columns.Contains(name); What should be done?
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Display statistics/have subject badges for accepted answers

Update to clarify what I'm asking for (based on discussions on a few other questions there seems to be conflation of two distinct things). I'm not interested in badges for answers that I have accepted,...
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How do you react to an apparently uninterested questioner?

So you are camping (please excuse the MMO jargon, sometimes I just can't help myself) your own particular corner of Stack Overflow, hoping for a couple of upvotes before bed. It's freezing cold and ...
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Etiquette for selecting answers

I'm kind of curious what kinds of criteria other people go through when selecting the correct answer to their questions. Here's what I consider when selecting the answer to my question: Is the ...