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I feel that lately the answers to my questions on Stack Exchange are low quality

No, it's not you. This is just a natural consequence of Stack Overflow shifting the focus from a high quality library of knowledge towards quantity, e.g. attracting as many users as possible while at ...
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Unpinning the accepted answer from the top of the list of answers

This is a modified copy of my answer to the related question on Meta Stack Overflow. status-deferred Unpinning the accepted answer is a good change for the majority of SE sites I imagine. However, I ...
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Unpinning the accepted answer from the top of the list of answers

Full List of Community Discussions ✅ indicates that this has been implemented on the specific site. Site Verdict Site Discussion Link Academia 50/50 Should the answer that appears on "top" ...
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Gaming system with accepts

Let's review a few things involved here: A historical patch of reputation that wasn't real-time, when synced meaning bounty offers that would have required going negative. A desire for a reputation ...
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Unpinning the accepted answer from the top of the list of answers

Stack Overflow is probably the site where the concept of accepted answers makes the most sense, and even there I think pinning the accepted answer is overall harmful in the end. For non-technical ...
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Unpinning the accepted answer from the top of the list of answers

I agree with the change, thanks for doing this. For users who want to keep the old behaviour, I've written a small userscript, Accepted Answer Pinner (direct installation link – Stack Apps post). It ...
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Unpinning the accepted answer from the top of the list of answers

Not every moderator or high-rep user participates on Stack Exchange Meta, and not every hi-rep or engaged user participates on their child site. Nevertheless, I think the option to unstick the ...
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Problem with users not accepting answers

I'm quite a new user on Stack Overflow but I already know what you mean. It can get really frustrating, especially when you donate 2h of your time and somebody doesn't show the smallest form of ...
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Do we want accepted answers unpinned on Meta Stack Exchange?

The status quo of having the selected answer pinned in most cases is the best option under the current system for meta. In some cases, it's critically important to have a specific answer pinned to the ...
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Trolling by accepting answer

Not every type of unwelcome activity is enumerated, but when you see a user flogging a feature or exploiting some use case wildly outside how it was intended to be used, it is abusive. And when that ...
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How is misrepresentation of Stack Exchange in the media (and in science) handled?

Stack Exchange is a pretty popular source of papers I think because we make so much of our data available for free. (Anecdotally, I met with a group from a local university who outright told me that's ...
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Unpinning the accepted answer from the top of the list of answers

status-completed Keep the accepted answer pinned on meta sites Oftentimes, on meta sites, the behavior of pinning the accepted answer to the top is preferred: Answers can be different opinions in a ...
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I feel that lately the answers to my questions on Stack Exchange are low quality

I stopped asking questions a few years back on Stack Overflow because: My questions were no longer "easy" since I could both research myself as well as I've become a much better engineer in the last ...
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Keeping special status for Accepted Answers without sticking them to top forever?

(This was posted in response to the first version of the question and then edited after the question was revised once. It hasn't been updated for further revisions.) There are three aspects to this (...
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Make negative score answers unacceptable

Accepting the answer is entirely up to the asker - they can accept whichever answer solved their problem or answered their question best. It may not be a popular answer, and it may even be entirely ...
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Accept button is not clear to new users so they are less likely to accept an answer

I have also seen these types of comments many times. Since the "upvote" buttons tend to be more easily understood than the checkmark (i.e. most users who comment "How do I accept?" also mention that ...
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Unpinning the accepted answer from the top of the list of answers

Please let us know what you think will work best for your site! If you can discuss this question with your community it would be awesome. We've already discussed this on Mi Yodeya. As of this ...
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Keeping special status for Accepted Answers without sticking them to top forever?

I'm beginning to think that you all have been poking around in my brain. As I've mentioned before, this problem has been in front of me lately and I've yet to come up with solution that has been ...
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Unpinning the accepted answer from the top of the list of answers

status-declined I'll throw in what I suggested on Politics SE: A hybrid model. Acceptance indicates that "this answer is what the asker was looking for." On Politics, that can range from &...
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How to mark question as answered (solved) if my question does not have any answers?

You can't, because... there isn't a solution posted. To be clear, we don't have a thing that marks a question as "solved." We have a thing for marking the accepted solution. These are not the same ...
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What does accepting an answer actually convey (2015 edition)?

To start with, in my experience this reason given in one of the posts referenced is just wrong: The asker has decided it works In my opinion and going on my own experience (mostly on SO), OP doesn'...
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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?

I think what they should do is make it so that whenever a post is closed and the owner has less than 50 reputation, the accepted answer is automatically unaccepted and the asker cannot reaccept it. ...
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I am asked to accept answers, and also when I do, users also asked why I accepted somebody's answer but not his

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 ...
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Should all SE network sites only accept questions that have a single acceptable answer?

The Granddaddy of them all - Stack Overflow - doesn't have the requirement that there's one (and only one) acceptable answer. There is no rule that states that the questioner must accept an answer. In ...
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Allow sites to opt out of pinning accepted answers to the top

Allow me to call out a couple key points from Mad Scientist's 2015 question: Skeptics and the new Health site are sites where many questions are asked by users that do not necessarily have ...
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Unpinning the accepted answer from the top of the list of answers

status-declined We've had some discussion over on Puzzling, where there is a definite consensus on keeping accepted answers at the top (i.e., not unpinning). One person looked at some concrete ...
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Is there an option to view what percentage of questions have an accepted answer?

Sure, this is possible using the built in search of every site. For example on MSE itself: Gives 0.496 which is 49.6% questions with accepted answer. Worth to warn that the "answered" ...
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How to live with the frustration?

anonymous, unexplained downvotes Yeah, they happen. To all of us. Learn to live with them - shrug them off and move on. Remember - the downvote costs you 2 rep, much less than an upvote, so as long ...
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