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Flag any comments requesting you accept an answer or challenging your choice as "It's no longer needed. / This comment is outdated, conversational or not relevant to this post." Such comments are noise and should not be posted in the first place. You have complete personal freedom to accept any answer you like for any reason, or to not accept any answer at ...


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From the small snippet of the comment, I surmise Clive is talking about someone's accept rate there. Comments can be flagged for moderator attention, but if enough flags accumulate, the last flag to tip the balance causes the comment to be deleted. For certain types of comment, the threshold is lowered; accept rate comments have a really low threshold: only ...


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The accept rate is a distraction, it is a metric that has a certain amount of value, but by displaying it publicly in the user signature it was elevated far beyond what it actually meant. There are far more important aspect to participation on an SE site that have no convenient numerical value attached to it. Accept rate is a controversial metric, while the ...


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Just did a little research, triggered by this remark in Ben's answer: Equally, the number of answered questions in each month will continue to rise as time goes on. I wondered how much effect this "late acceptance" would have on the overall trend. So I compared the given numbers with numbers from a fresh query. Here's the effect of late acceptance on ...


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Accepting an answer indicates that that answer has helped you in resolving your problem/uncertainty. Answers can help in different ways: They can give the key to the solution you end up using They can help you realize that you are going down the wrong path or that the feature can't do what you had envisioned (this can also be the case with answers that ...


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The real, root problem is that the ratio of points granted for accepted vs. upvoted does not correspond to the value we place on them as a community. The questions and answers belong to the community, over time, in a very real sense. And, the community votes - from disinterested third parties - are more meaningful than one vote from the questioner. Since ...


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From the accepting an answer FAQ, my emphasis: Don't hesitate to accept an answer that is well-written, suggests a good practice and works for you. If it works for you and was helpful, then it's an acceptable answer. Even if it didn't work for you, accepting an answer is completely up to you. Upvotes from community members indicate when members felt an ...


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Do I have a responsibility as the original poster to see if this answer would have solved my problem? I would say if someone posted a question and got an answer, then, as a matter of ethics, they should check whether the answer solves the problem, insofar as they can perform this check. As you said, sometimes people cannot evaluate late answers, no matter ...


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