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Please consider accepting a good answer, even if it does not (possibly) give you what you asked for I have to say I completely disagree with this. Accepting an answer is saying that that answer solved the OP's issue. If no answer solves it, then none should be accepted. Sure, it would be nice to get that extra 15 rep that comes with an accept but, as the OP,...


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As pointed out by Mark Kirby, you can't effectively call on a particular user from a post they haven't yet commented on or edited, because an @user will not send them a notification. See this Meta Stack Exchange answer for details of when comment notifications are triggered. If you want to seek help from high rep users*, you can always find a few lurking in ...


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It's up to the person who asked to determine the best answer, and many times the person never comes back to check to see if newer answers get better. I wouldn't worry about it, the community will vote the good answers to the top and I would think that most people reading a question will look at a few of the answers instead of quitting at the first one, ...


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Usually, nothing. If the other answer is flat out wrong, downvote it and leave a comment explaining why. You can also leave a comment for the OP informing them of why it's wrong. If the other answer is just less correct than yours but not wrong, do nothing. The OP is free to accept whichever answer they prefer. If your answer is considered better by the ...


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Try to accept whatever has helped you the most. That's what it's supposed to mean but it's really down to your interpretation. Timeliness could well be part of that utility and I know —from painful experience— that there are a lot of very good answers that haven't been accepted because they're an hour or two late to the pack. But if we're talking minutes ...


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If user A comes along and answers your question, and you accept it, he gets 15 reputation. If user B then adds an answer and you accept his answer instead, user A will lose 15 reputation and user B will gain 15 reputation. This can cause hard feelings (it is amazing how much people care about stupid internet points!) so what I recommend is waiting awhile ...


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No, no need for that. But... Up vote great content and correct information that helps directly solve issues on the site. Was there effort? Get that guy some rep! Was it sloppy, confusing and all in all a not so good post? Well, its up to you. Bad content, wrong information, you don't agree with the posted information or the information is dangerous? Down ...


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Honestly? Just don't do it. The OP gets notified about every new answer to their question, so you can assume they've either seen it already or they have no interest in checking their notifications. Promoting your answer to them, however politely, is likely to come across as unnecessary hassling. They might feel it would be rude to unaccept an answer and ...


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You can mark it as the accepted answer. It's not automatic though. There are scenarios where you might have multiple options to accomplish the same thing. You might prefer somebody else's answer (and mark that as accepted) but still want your answer available to other people. In terms of reputation, you don't get the +2 for marking an answer to your ...


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The one you prefer, the one you end up using. It's completely up to you. Acceptance is very personal, it's your question. Accept whichever answer you want.


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If both answers are correct, you might also consider how the respondent approached the problem, how efficient the solution is, and how they presented it. Of course, this might be overthinking, but if both answers satisfy the criteria you might exted the criteria. Among other things, leave a comment telling why you chose a particular answer. Personally , I'm ...


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Yes, but... If you can edit their answer to include the comments, that'd be great. Comments are second class citizens here on Ask Ubuntu - they can (and are) deletable at any time, for almost any reason. So just keep that in mind. Someday I'll write a script to purge all comments from the year 2010 - nobody will miss 'em - I hope. ;)


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General answer There are different "schools" on AU, and below is just my perception. Personally, I would have mixed feelings to accept my own answer, if it is based on the good work and research of someone else. If what I end up using is mostly an edited version of the existing answer, I would probably either: ask/suggest an edit or addition to ...


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No, you can't make (or force) people to accept an answer. What you can do instead is vote up the answer you think is best. If everyone keeps doing that it just works out.


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I disagree. Primarily, there is no such thing as an "obviously abandoned question" - or rather: when do we draw the line? Secondly, I don't really see a point in forcing questions to be accepted. It may not be what the person who asked the question was looking for (i.e. incorrect answer for the specific case), for instance. Also: There is no real benefit ...


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The help page What should I do when someone answers my question? provides a single guideline for the selection of the accepted answer (emphasis by me): Choose one answer that you believe is the best solution to your problem. I think there are valid arguments for either answer but ultimately it’s up to your judgement which one you find more helpful. Imho ...


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Adding an answer so this question doesn't go unanswered.. The Stack Exchange system prevents accepting an answer within the first 15 minutes of asking the question. This is the system's way of ensuring that good to great answers are made. If an answer is made to your question within the first 15 minutes of asking, but is not particularly good but you still ...


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Using Mitch's comment as an answer, I don't see any reason why you shouldn't ask the poster of the comment to post it as an answer. Only if he or she will not convert it into an answer in a reasonable amount of time, you can, for clarity reasons on a Q&A site, post it as an answer yourself. Even then I would refer to the one who answered it to start with....


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If it's really early in the vetting process (not a lot of activity/voting around your post), it may be acceptable to retract and "fix" your original answer. But long after the fact (after the original material has already been vetted and voted on), I'd have to put that under "not okay." Edits are designed to improve, correct, or clarify specific issues with ...


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I think it should be clear by now that you should always accept my answers. Seriously, Meta is mostly about discussion. That means it is to find, if possible, some kind of consensus, within the scope of the site, and to find out which opinion(s) possibly exist in the community. Therefore downvotes, upvotes and acceptance or not, those are almost by ...


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You got another 15 rep because your answer was accepted. See https://askubuntu.com/help/whats-reputation for details about reputation. The relevant bit here is: You gain reputation when: [ . . . ] answer is marked “accepted”: +15 (+2 to acceptor)


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My answer would be that you shouldn't, and I must say both as the one who asks, as well as the author of the accepted answer, I'd consider it a kind of a contempt. while anyone has the right to vote for (or against) the quality of an answer, it is the exclusive privilege of the one who asks to accept whichever answer he or she considers most useful. OP ...


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Short answer: nothing. It's up to OP to choose which answer to mark as the accepted answer. But this doesn't imply that such answer is the best. First of all because being objective, the choice of the accepted answer it's just up to OP's opinion. People sometimes make mistakes and sometimes don't have enough expertise to correctly determine whether an ...


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It's impossible to really force anyone to accept an answer, especially if they bail. That answer has 4 upvotes, so as far as the community is concerned it's a good answer, it has enough votes to no longer show up as unanswered in the system so what problem are we trying to solve? (TLDR; we don't need people to accept answers, if you see something awesome, ...


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I usually try to improve an answer first, either by adding links to references or other questions on the site or generally improving it. However if it ends up that I'm making so many changes that I'm butchering the person's answer I'll just post my own. If someone's post really helped me but didn't quite meet my needs and I post my own I make sure I give ...


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Unsung Hero gold; awarded once; same family as Tenacious (silver) Have more than ten accepted answers with a score of zero, and have those zero-score accepted answers account for at least 25% of all your accepted answers Only accepted answers at least ten days old are considered Community Wiki answers, deleted answers, and self-accepted answers are not ...


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I don't think that you can accept more that one answer. Now if there is more that one answer that are excellent, I don't think they can be identical, but if they are I think you should accept the first answer, and then up vote the other answer, but you can't accept both. My 2 cents.


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There's nothing to be done to change it. Superuser rep+accept is just easier to get than AU rep+accept. If you think it's hard here, try grinding out some rep on serverfault.


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If they don't bother to post it as an answer I usually put it as an answer, give them credit, and then mark it Community Wiki. You can then flag the comment as "obsolete" so it can be removed and not be redundant.


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we have mixed fruit salad situation here. I am a new user , I have a question about Ubuntu , I heard about AskUbuntu and I posted here. I dont give a s**t about terms&conditions. I got what I want and I will leave. No accepting No Upvoting. I am a user of AskUbuntu and I know few good people are ought here to help with my problem. Somebody posted ...


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