This is a modified copy of my answer to the related question on Meta Stack Overflow.
Unpinning the accepted answer is a good change for the majority of SE sites I imagine.
However, I would still very much like a clear indication (near the top of the question) that an answer has been accepted and offer a link to jump to it. As it is now, when ...
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Should the answer that appears on "top" be the OP's "accepted answer" or the answer with most votes?
Does the community want the accepted answers to be pinned to the top?
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 sites the accepted answer concept is often less meaningful simply because it is harder for the asker to evaluate answers, especially when the questions aren't about ...
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 pins the accepted answer back on top, unless it's a self-answer that wouldn't qualify for pinning in the old situation.
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 accepted answer from its pole position should be discussed by each individual meta site. Please feature this post and communicate this proposal to all the moderators ...
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 top. Without another alternative mechanism (and there are occasions where staff have had to do.... interesting... things, like change the ownership of a post, ...
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 discussion, and accepting the one that is eventually the community's consensus or is the one that eventually gets implemented will make that fact clear to others ...
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 writing, the question there is +12/−0 and the only answer is +10/−0; both ask for the accepted answer to be unpinned. So Mi Yodeya wants the accepted answer unpinned. ...
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 "I feel informed" to "This confirms my political beliefs so I like it."
Even so, I think acceptance still has value, but shouldn't be the end-...
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 examples, which suggest to me that actually "keep the accepted answer at the top, unless its score is actually negative in which case don't" might be a ...
To aid sites in deciding what impact this might have, is there some SEDE magic query that would list and/or count questions where this change would alter the answer order? It would be nice to have local data about the scale of the change.
I think choosing between "pinned" and "unpinned" is not good enough. I think "pinning" should be replaced network-wide with something that accomplishes the original goal of pinning the accepted answer with fewer negative side effects and possibly even a slightly improved user experience, instead of either taking away something ...
Looks like this would affect around 4000 questions
We actively depend on the pin for this question to ensure that recently implemented features are displayed first.
We also have official answers here by Stack Exchange employees. Of course we could have some alternative means of pinning them as there is an official answer lock but we'd need to go through the ...
Can a setting be included in the user profile to keep the accepted answer pinned to the top? My preference is to have the accepted answer shown first.
(...) because it'll work for more people.
Sonic the Hedgehog said:
(...) this should be a per-site setting, because I'd want to see the accepted answer on the top on some sites ...
Sports SE will use voting on a meta post to make the decision, or failing sufficient engagement, we can discuss it as a mod team with CMs.
If other sites need a template for this discussion, they are free to use this question and its answers.
If the problem to be solved is that some users don't know how accepting an answer works, that problem will not be solved by changing the icon.
SE sites are open to a broad base of users having a web browser but not to anyone. Having a web browser doesn't make people able to infer how the site works and worst, doesn't make them willing to learn that. If ...
Well *something* went wrong here - as evidenced by the fact that there are two LegalQuestionGuests and you did an edit as a different user on the question. You're not using the account that created the question, presumably due to cookie shenanigans. It's a good idea to register a user (in spite of your username) to avoid this.
You can use the "Contact&...
It's still the answer that OP felt was most useful at that point of time. In many cases, it's still one of the first/best answers to take a look at given the same issue. Ideally OP would have tried that actual answer for their problem and picked it because it solved their issue.
Don't forget - the problem we're trying to solve is newer solutions potentially ...
I don't believe you should do anything, if only because it is very impractical.
The lion's part of accepted answers won't be unaccepted, simply because many users won't go through their old answers, and other users never showed up again after they got the answer they needed.
However, if you think a newer/updated answer is a better answer to your question (...
Yes, this is fine. Actually, the reverse happens more often; new users need to be warned not to accept answers too quickly, in order to encourage more (better) answers than the first one they get.
Discussions in the comments section do not bump the question, so the amount of extra visibility they get can be neglected. It's true that users ...
A problem I see with this is the new better answers to an old question, e.g. once the Hot Network stampede has subsided. This leaves better or even the correct answers buried.
What I thought about before is vote normalization based on Q age. Of course some may want to game such system by answering later, but here's the cool thing: it works the same for ...
A point raised in the comments by ColleenV is that Google displays the accepted answer in the snippet. My understanding is that this is automatially done by getting the answer with acceptedAnswer set on it (see docs). Will this change for this experiment to be the top answer, or is that outside of the scope?
(I'm a moderator - so I don't work here, and my answer shouldn't be taken as official. However, I'm a moderator on Super User as well, and I'm a long time user, so I think this can be considered at least a little authoritative)
Migrations are a bit... controversial. It kinda worked ok in the old days, generally it's meant to move over high quality questions ...
There is never any requirement to accept an answer.
Personally, I have one site I'm active on where I haven't accepted an answer in years, in order to encourage other people to take a stab at answering the question. Accepting can give a sense of closure to the question - which can deter possible other answers.
Especially if the OP is still asking for ...
Right now, we are discussing this issue on Math.SE. I posted an answer there, but I think it is relevant here also.
I think the best solution would be to allow users to choose between sorting strictly by the number of votes, and putting the accepted answer at the top. Right now, there are three ways of sorting the answers: active, oldest, and ...
In Stack Overflow in Portuguese we opened a Meta post discussing the matter.
Devemos mudar a ordenação das respostas, não afixando a resposta aceita antes das demais?
Votes up are "Unpin", down are "Keep pinning".
Currently we have:
12 + 1 votes to unpin 1
1 to keep pinned
1 The "+ 1" vote to "unpin" ...
Accepted post is pinned second, if it's not the top-scoring answer.
My thought process:
Sometimes accepted answers are underrated in terms of voting, especially in relation to Fastest Gun in the West, Hot Network Questions, and answers to old questions (slow, but well-thought-out answers => fewer upvotes).
However, sometimes the most ...
Without a clear proposition of a better suited icon, I don't think a motion for change just for the sake of change makes sense.
The current icon is not that bad. Most users will know it from check boxes thus at least approximately know what it is for.