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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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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A better answer was posted long after accepting another. Should I accept the new one?

I've accepted an answer in 2010. In 2011 new options came to hand, and a better answer was posted. Should I move the accepted answer to the new one?
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Isn't the “accepted answer” feature overly visible?

I have received several comments from people that don't like the fact that my "accept rate" is very low. Now, the reason being is that I don't "accept" questions as I don't see why my opinion is more ...
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Accepted answers don't float “on top” when self-answered?

On this question, the accepted answer doesn't float on top. Apart from that, the display is correct (i.e. the V mark and the green border) If I sort by "vote", I've got the following answer order: ...
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Which solution is better? Edit old answer or add new one?

I answered the question. This answer was accepted. But OP wrote a comment that the proposed solution does not work well in one small case. I can fix it. Which solution is better? Edit old answer or ...
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Allow more than one answer to be accepted [duplicate]

Sometimes, after a few days, there are two or three good answers to a question, or answers which are very much like each other. It can be hard to choose which to accept. I think that after two days, ...
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48 hour accept own answer delay wastes other answerer's time

I have read all the discussions around the 48 hour delay on accepting ones own answers. To quote Jeff Atwood: You must wait 2 days from the time you originally asked your question before you can ...
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New Users Adding Answers to Answered Questions

This may have been asked before, but I can't find it searching. If this has been brought up before, point it out please. This is also not commonly a problem, but on occasion, one pops up. The "...
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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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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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Filter questions with no accepted answer

I have some questions with answers, but none of the answers are acceptable (just wrong). I'm sure there are a lot more people with the same problem. Can you add a button to filter questions with ...
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Number of accepted answers

Is there a way to find the number of accepted answers you have, other than manually counting each one?
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How should we treat “don't forget to accept my answer” comments? [duplicate]

New users already have a reminder to accept an answer on their question. So I don't see the need in general for this post-answer badgering, even if it is intended to be genuine constructive help (...
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Do I always have to accept an answer? [duplicate]

Sometimes, I am not satisfied with the answers that I get, though some are very good. Do I have to accept an answer or can I just leave the question open?
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Unable to find my questions without an accepted answer effectively

I have asked many questions on SO. There are about 30 tabs I have to scroll through to find question for which I have not yet accepted an answer. Some questions of mine are long-term projects. They ...
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Unpopular Tags and Accepted Answers

I'm relatively new to this whole Stack Overflow thing, but I joined primarily to ask questions related to google-charts and google-visualization. Unfortunately, I quickly learned that it was quicker ...
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Accepting one's own answer does not move it to the top of the answers list [duplicate]

I have the following question: Display Alternative Content for Users with AdBlockers. I've posted my own solution after a while and accepted it. The expected behavior is that even though it doesn't ...
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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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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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Notification when someone else's answer is accepted

I would like to know when someone else's answer is accepted on a question that I have also provided an answer for. I'd like to know how someone else better solved a problem so that I can evaluate ...
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What is with people not marking their questions as answered?

Is it something about the interface that compels people (especially those on Super User) to not mark their questions as having an accepted answer, even after they have clearly gotten an answer that ...
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Which answer should I accept?

In the following situations, which answers should I accept? I have ask a question and get two identical answers. Sometimes, none of the answers completely answers my question. But, I will get a ...
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Accepted answer subject to random sorting [duplicate]

I answered one of my questions (see How can I use Microsoft Word's spelling/grammar checker programmatically?) and accepted it but it randomly appears first or second (out of two answers).
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Reputation notification of deselected answer?

This was never an issue before, but now I notice it now that I have many answers accepted as the "accepted answer". We receive +15 rep for an acceptance. We receive notification in our reputation ...
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Is it ok to tell the OP to accept an upvoted answer? [duplicate]

Is it ok to tell the OP to accept an upvoted answer? I'm asking this because in my two last answers that where upvoted by the OPs I tell them to mark as accepted if the answer worked for them and I ...
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I am awarding users “Answered” even when they don't answer the question, just so my Accept rate isn't harmed

Of the 26~ish questions that I have asked to date, the majority of these have been questions which aren't directly applicable to many situations. They are broad, and they are really only applicable to ...
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Why not automatically award the bounty to an explicitly accepted answer?

I've read the FAQ, the blog post announcing the decoupling of bounty from answer accepting, and many of the questions here relating to bounty, but I still haven't figured out why this bounty system ...
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Rethinking sort order of answers [duplicate]

Currently the answers are sorted by votes and the accepted answer is docked at top. The intended design is to "get your answer quickly". This does work well in most cases. Problem If I have a ...
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Reduce accepting-own-answer delay

In light of It's ok to ask and answer your own questions, it seems that we ought to be able to accept our own answers within the same time limits as accepting someone else's answer. Of course, this ...
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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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Accepting “almost correct” answer that helped analyze the problem?

I recently encountered performance problems with a commercial software from some well-known vendor. Asking the StackOverflow-community for help to track down the issue resulted in a detailed answer, ...
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Search for questions that I asked but have not accepted answers to

Is there any way to search a site for all questions that I asked, that have answers and that I have not accepted an answer to? I often forget to check off accepted answers because I don't know of a ...
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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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Answer accepted twice

For this question my answer was apparently accepted twice: My https://stackoverflow.com/reputation also confirms this: 1 4669634 (15) 1 4669634 (15) 2 4669634 (10) And so does the timeline,...
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How do I combine two answers to create the best answer on stackoverflow?

I just asked my first question on stackoverflow and I'm really impressed that my question seems to be answered sufficiently already! See: Width of an element accounting for quirks mode in javascript? ...
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Notification of a more popular answer than the accepted one

I asked a question on stackoverflow at the end of last year for a beta or pre-release product and got the answer I wanted. 3 months later someone else answered the question with the correct answer ...
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My improved answer based on another's accepted answer for my own question

Yesterday, I asked a question in which I stated a primary requirement but also asked for an optional improvement. The primary requirement was answered perfectly, and I upvoted it and accepted it. ...
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Should Discussion Questions have an Accepted Answer?

Hi I was wondering If you should really accept answers on discuss threads. This came up on my other question to do with acceptance. I mean theres no right answer. Saying which answer is best for me is ...
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Modified answer view based only on votes, not accepted status

I would like to request a slightly modified answer view (currently oldest, newest and votes). I've thought for a long time that the accepted answer has too much prominence, leading to answers that ...
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Is it possible to change the chosen answer?

Is it possible to change the chosen answer after it has already been selected? (Couldn't find an answer to this question and didn't want to try it out myself and potentially trigger notifications and ...
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Best answer versus best solution

I was recently in a bit of a quandary over which answer to accept to this question. Of the answers I got, two were the clear leaders and, of course, I up-voted both. Choosing a 'winner' was more ...
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Do we lose rep for an accepted answer if the OP account is deleted? [duplicate]

I appear to have the accepted answer to this question, and a rep audit on 7th December showed the +15 rep. But an audit today no longer shows this acceptance, even though the green tick displays when ...
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accepting your own answer yields -2?

My rep on SO just went down from 15191 to 15189 at about the same time I accepted my own answer for an old post that I felt needed closure. Do you get -2 for accepting your own answer? If so why ...
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Why does StackOverflow make you wait 2-x minutes before you can accept an answer? [duplicate]

Hi, It is kind of an annoying feature that I have to wait to accept an answer after I upvote it. Why is it done like that?
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Incorrect time in accepted answer tooltip

In some questions that have an accepted answer, the tooltip in the green tick has the wrong timestamp. Have a look at this question for an example. The tooltip says The question owner accepted ...
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Accepted an answer message

When you accept an answer on one of your questions, you get 2 reputation for it. The achievements dropdown tells you with a shiny green +2 on the topbar, and shows this: Why did I get +2 for it again?...
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Accepted answer shouldn't be sorted to the top when sorting by Newest or Oldest

When sorting answers to questions it makes sense to sort accepted answers to the top when sorting by votes, but if I want to see the oldest or newest posts, the accepted status shouldn't matter. Sure,...
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Why is the Community user accepting answers?

The activity page on the SO Community user's profile shows that he/she/it accepted several answers in mid-June. Why is Community accepting answers at all? At first I thought it might have something ...
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Accepted answers count on top users page

I like the top users feature. It brings out my competitive spirit. The one thing that bugs me about it is that as far as I can see, it is not affected at all by the number of accepted answers. It ...
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Allow an accepted answer to become unstuck after it is heavily downvoted [duplicate]

Background Accepted answers are useful to show which answer helped the OP the most and are likely to be helpful to others; therefore they show at the very top of the list of answers; irrespective of ...