# Possible bug with answer acceptance

On my profile summary at the moment I post this question it can be seen that my answer to this question is accepted. It has been like this for few hours.

However, it can be seen in my reputation tab that the answer acceptance is not shown. This can also be verified by inspecting my answer for $\color{green}{\large \checkmark}$, it is missing.

I asked the questioner if he accepted my answer in this comment. The user said he didn't.

So in my summary the answer is showing as accepted, even though it isn't.

Update: Another answer to the question was accepted and that seems to have fixed the bug. I also lost 15 reputation points. I wasn't sure, but I was under the impression that I had indeed kept the reputation from the non-existent answer acceptances, so everything seems to be fine now.

• The timeline shows that your answer was in fact accepted at some point, and it doesn't show that it was unaccepted. – Asaf Karagila Oct 11 '14 at 2:16
• @Asaf: Oddly (or not), the moderator timeline for the question does not show that it was ever accepted. – user642796 Oct 11 '14 at 3:37
• Possible explanation: the OP misclicked, resulting in rapid accept-unaccept, which the software, possibly hampered by network gremlins, did not handle 100% correctly. – user147263 Oct 11 '14 at 4:48
• @Arthur: That's as odd as 12 lumps of sugar in a cup of coffee. – Asaf Karagila Oct 11 '14 at 11:28
• @CareBear: So what you are actually saying is that... shouldiblamecaching.com – Asaf Karagila Oct 11 '14 at 11:28
• What am I supposed to do with (bug) questions that go ignored by the SE people? Should I expect to get an answer from them? Will someone come explain what happened and confirm that everything is OK? – Git Gud Oct 12 '14 at 11:49
• @AsafKaragila How does one get to a question's timeline simply by clicking on links? – Git Gud Oct 12 '14 at 11:57
• @GitGud The feature request Add a link to the timeline of a post is tagged status-declined. – Martin Sleziak Oct 12 '14 at 12:12
• @MartinSleziak Thanks. I don't understand why they think it's not useful. The timeline is much more clear, informative and aesthetically pleasing than the edit's history (I always get lost in the editing history). – Git Gud Oct 12 '14 at 12:31
• There are at least two user scripts to be found on StackApps that add the function of a timeline link. – Asaf Karagila Oct 12 '14 at 12:38
• @GitGud So, in November 2011 someone pointed out a typo in the SE code. It was fixed last week. Anna Lear, who fixed the bug, remarked "We're really running the risk that folks will start to expect timely bug fixes around here". And now we see the result: you are already expecting timely reaction. Rather, mark the fall of 2017 on your calendar to check back on this. – user147263 Oct 12 '14 at 15:36
• But more seriously, this bug report is more difficult to handle than others because there are no steps to reproduce the bug. It just happened this one time, and we've no clue to what made it happen. If a developer can't reproduce a bug, they are unlikely to find what causes it. – user147263 Oct 12 '14 at 15:40
• @CareBear xD I do expect a timely reaction, even if it's just confirming there is a bug and that they've taken notice of it. As it is, I might be compelled to think that I'm being ignored. – Git Gud Oct 12 '14 at 15:41
• @CareBeer: If SE were the developers of bash, the Shell Shock bug would have appeared on the bugs trucker three decades ago (which is a few years before bash was released). – Asaf Karagila Oct 14 '14 at 13:18