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If an answer cannot possibly give you what you asked for, please consider accepting nevertheless

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 ...
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Is it OK if I call on a high reputation user on part of my answer if it seems difficult from that point?

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 ...
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What happens if I think that my answer is more valid than the accepted one?

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 ...
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What happens if I think that my answer is more valid than the accepted one?

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 ...
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Should we unpin the accepted answer from the top of the list?

Accepts are a way to indicate what worked best for the OP or which answer they personally liked. Sometimes the OP's choice isn't the best one - after all, many people ask questions because they don't ...
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Should I consider the timeline while accepting an answer?

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 ...
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Should I consider the timeline while accepting an answer?

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 ...
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How do you ask OP to reconsider accepted answer and award yours?

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. ...
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"Answer your own question" = accepted answer?

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 ...
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Which answer should you accept when both answers are correct but use different techniques?

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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Should we unpin the accepted answer from the top of the list?

Obsolete Answer Flag In many cases the answer with the most upvotes is simply the one that has been here longest. Often these high vote answers are totally obsolete and no longer work. It was much ...
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Which answer should you accept when both answers are correct but use different techniques?

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 ...
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Should I accept my own answer even if it's inspired by another much detailed answer?

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 ...
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Should I accept my own answer even if it's inspired by another much detailed answer?

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 ...
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Should we unpin the accepted answer from the top of the list?

From my limited experience looking for solutions (especially programming related on Stack Overflow), I have noticed that the accepted answers are not generally useful for my case. This could be due to ...
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How did I get 35 reputation from 2 votes?

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: [ . . . ] ...
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On meta: multiple answers with different opinions?

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 ...
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What should I do for comment answer

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 ...
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Is it "not done" to (drastically) change an answer that is already accepted or upvoted?

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 ...
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How do you ask OP to reconsider accepted answer and award yours?

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 ...
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Should we unpin the accepted answer from the top of the list on meta?

Accepts can have a different function on meta, highlighting a definitive statement from SE staff or indicating what line of action was actually taken at the conclusion of a discussion. I talked about ...
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What happens if I think that my answer is more valid than the accepted one?

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 ...
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If an answer cannot possibly give you what you asked for, please consider accepting nevertheless

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 ...
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Should we unpin the accepted answer from the top of the list?

Neither system is perfect. The problem with vote totals deciding the "best answer" (by sort order, at least) is that they are momentum that is hard to overcome in the event that things ...
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A user wrongly accepted my answer, what can I do?

Don't worry about it. :) If your answer is wrong or misleading, you can - of course - delete it. But in this case, your answer is fine. Users are encouraged to accept an answer, and it's good when ...
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Not using accepted answer option

Nope, moderators cannot mark answers as accepted, only the person who asked the original question can do that... However once an answer gets a net score of >= 1 the question is considered answered ...
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Selecting one answer among many when all answer the question

As muru says, this is up to you. If you're looking for criteria for accepting answers suggested in official resources, there's What should I do when someone answers my question?: Choose one answer ...
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Selecting one answer among many when all answer the question

Ultimately, accepting is your personal stamp of approval. It is something only you can do. Therefore, other things being equal, it should be the answer that you like the most. What criteria you use to ...
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Should I accept my own answer even if it's inspired by another much detailed answer?

As the author of the original answer you based yours on, I personally have no problem with you accepting your own if it better served your needs. I will admit to a bit of confusion on my part when I ...
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How did I get 35 reputation from 2 votes?

Also see https://askubuntu.com/reputation It is a personal text based aggregated view of all your rep.
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