I came across this question whilst rapidly browsing earlier - the OP added "SOLVED: " to the title, but did add vaguely how they got the answer but did not accept it.

Searching for other people doing similar things returns LOADs of questions:

18801 results

And filtering it down a bit returns 4713 questions - but doing the same filtered search on stackoverflow returns 147500 (though that is out of the near 10million they have there).

A previous meta post mentions solutions and this - would it be a good idea to kick the idea awake again (if possible)? A warning could be added and make things nice and tidy etc... Either that or quizzing users after the intial SE site tour when they first sign up....

EDIT: A reason for users in a hurry doing the SOLVED thing: I tried to use the tick box but the system said it must pass 3 days before I can accept my own answer

So perhaps reducing the wait time, or using reminders (probably in use already... even with just comments) etc could help

ANOTHER EDIT: lol, realised the search was doing the body of the post as well - this search returns the ones with solved in the title, returning a more manageable 58, some of which are not what we are looking for anyway :D

YET ANOTHER EDIT: oh great, found 'fixed' is a less popular version of solved....

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    That wait time is for users who answer their own questions. It used to be 2 days though, not three. I don't know why the period is this long though. On Ask Ubuntu, more than a day for a question means the question is gone, unless someone had bookmarked it.
    – Dan
    Commented Jun 1, 2015 at 8:40
  • @Dan more than a day for a question certainly does not mean it's gone. It may be unanswered, answered, or in review.
    – Elder Geek
    Commented Jun 3, 2015 at 17:44
  • @eldergeek But what are the chances of a question getting new answers after a day?
    – Dan
    Commented Jun 3, 2015 at 17:57
  • @Dan Better than you might think. There are even related badges awarded.
    – Elder Geek
    Commented Jun 3, 2015 at 18:30
  • @Dan: like people who look through interesting questions once/day or week through e-mail notifications...
    – Fabby
    Commented Jun 4, 2015 at 16:13
  • Or people like me who only answer questions when they get on to get a question answered...
    – rmustakos
    Commented Jun 4, 2015 at 22:56
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That is behavior from Ubuntu Forums. This is not Ubuntu Forums. Did somebody fail to shift paradigms and thereby pop the clutch?

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    Well that's the function on must forums, that's one of the problems with this unique type of Forums....
    – Alvar
    Commented Jun 3, 2015 at 19:05

Good catch! I'm going through them now and closing some of them as "Problem went away all by its own"... (expect the close queue to grow by a whatever my max/day Close Votes are)

On the other hand: I also saw some here and here that I will be editing and answering myself and then flagging for moderator attention to get "my" answers converted to a Community Wiki...

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    I thought of closing/answering them all (and did one or two myself), it just takes flipping ages (only 4700 give to take a few, with 50 close votes a day), so a system to sort it out would help :) Also means finding things like this to make us cringe...
    – Wilf
    Commented Jun 1, 2015 at 13:22
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    :D :D :D Cringe or LOL! Answer edited...
    – Fabby
    Commented Jun 1, 2015 at 13:37
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    LOL :) Oh and you can make community wiki posts by checking the box beneath the answer box, see my answer on the first one you referenced - you don't need to ask the mods
    – Wilf
    Commented Jun 1, 2015 at 14:59
  • Oops! I missed that! Now going to continue working the queue...
    – Fabby
    Commented Jun 1, 2015 at 19:32
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    Seems like I've done a good job: the only questions on the last couple of pages were "How do I solve?" type questions... On to the VTC queue! :P
    – Fabby
    Commented Jun 1, 2015 at 20:48
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    Apart from ones that need to close voted, I think for now this is done - I dunno which answer to pick so I may just add SOLVED: to the title...
    – Wilf
    Commented Jun 4, 2015 at 18:45
  • :D Answer your own question, then!
    – Fabby
    Commented Jun 4, 2015 at 20:58

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