Take this post as the example.
It is an okay question and I think I answered it pretty darn good. No one else has even tried to answer it; mine is the only one.
Here is the issue:
The OP hasn't been back since May 23. That is almost four months! I think it's safe to say that he will likely not come back.
Here's my problem:
If he never comes back, or if his account gets deleted then he will never select my answer. I don't really care about that. I only need one more upvote to be eligible for the enlightened badge, which I will never get for this post. It is the badge that I care about.
So we have:
- A user that will likely never come back and has not been to the site for over 100 days.
- A single answer with nine upvotes that is well sourced and answers the question very well.
Why do we not have an auto-select for this scenario? Remember, like I said, it is not really the green check mark I am after. I want the badge.
I like the solution here, which is to have some sort of "accept answer" vote, where high rep community members can vote that an answer is selected. There should be a queue for posts that are eligible for this and the criteria for this queue filling is like the post I gave as an example. The criteria should be such that the queue fills with questions that have answers that will likely never be selected by the OP but the votes on at least one of the answers indicates that it is the correct or "accept worthy" answer.
Now C.SE is very different than SO. I can see why they don't really want to do this there, but on this site, when there is such an obvious, "should be selected" answer like mine I really do not see the hesitation. Also, on all those MSO posts, they are status-declined but none of the SE staff has actually given an answer.