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Answer selection is completely optional. Creating a mechanic for answer selection outside of the OP returning and selecting the best answer is a nonstarter In fact, there has been a proposal from this community to completely remove the answer selection option. Neither of these things are feasible for the following reasons. We're a part of the SE model. ...


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It might be constructive on another network, but it'll never fly on StackExchange. Changes like that are network-wide, not specific to a single SE site. StackExchange simply doesn't allow multiple accepted answers. You may as well ask a car to fly to the moon. It's just not what's intended. The entire premise of the entire network is to get definitively ...


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Remove the preferential sorting for the accepted answer If you accept your own answer, the system doesn't give it any priority in sorting. If this behaviour were extended to all accepted answers, the impression would be less of "this is the site approved answer" when it really isn't. One of the weird things I've seen on the site is when someone asks a ...


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I'm not a fan of the way accepted answers work on this site, but I think your suggestion is going the wrong direction. The original purpose of the feature was explained thusly: The question owner is not required to accept an answer to their question. We view accepting an answer as a simple social convention, a little informal "thank you" between ...


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Please feel no pressure or compulsion to accept answer. It's not required and is a very personal choice. Personally I will object to anyone trying to pressure someone else to accept an answer (I'm far more likely to try to persuade someone to unaccept an answer rather than accept one). By accepting too early you essentially say "we're done here let's ...


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Don't flag answers that are you think are wrong. Moderators aren't smart enough to figure out whether things are right or not. We're exception handlers, only things that absolutely do not belong should be flagged. What you can do for things that you feel aren't quite right is either. Downvote and comments on answers you don't think are good enough. Ask ...


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There can be occasions when it is quite proper to accept one's own answer. It is used as a mechanism to convey one's own research of a subject. However, it can be (like anything on SE) abused by someone whose sole objective is to draw attention to themselves or to propagate a wild theory. Voting should correct this. Those with reputation can make their own ...


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Is it problematic that one can accept their own answer to their own question? There is no clear response to this question. The answer can be both yes or no, depending on the nature of the question proposed and the response given in the answer box. A lot will depend if the question is of a speculative nature or of recent media developments. Recent media ...


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Well, here's an idea that came to me while I was replying above. I don't like to see good questions left completely without answers, even if I can only give an opinion-based answer. In those cases, I will leave a comment. So perhaps the solution is to convert the accepted and upvoted answers into comments. I've had an answer converted to a comment before, so ...


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During my first few days in Christianity.SE, I was hungry for points. I accepted the answers because I get two points in return, but I always waited for at least two days for better answers to come. However, on some questions, I was not satisfied with the answers and simply left it unaccepted, or write my own answer. Now that I have enough points, I become ...


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