I have received "polite" requests on 2 questions to accept the posted answer as best by the answerer claiming it will give them a badge. Is it OK, tolerated or objectionable practice?

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    $\begingroup$ What does "like" in the title refer to? I really can't parse that in meaningful English. "Request to accept answers" would have been a clearer title. $\endgroup$
    – Alex M.
    May 5, 2017 at 7:50
  • $\begingroup$ I think it's totally ok to give them their "like'' I mean it doesn't affect you or me, it's just like a game and the more badges you have the better. $\endgroup$ May 6, 2017 at 7:52
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    $\begingroup$ @AlexM.I presume that the OP refers to an upvote as "like". $\endgroup$ May 6, 2017 at 16:22

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It depends.

I've seen some occasions where a user posts a 'thank you, this helped' comment under my answer. If it's a user who is new to the site, and hasn't accepted any answers yet, I usually reply with something like:

Since you're new to the site, I'd like to remind you that you can accept this answer if it helped you. But you can also wait until a better answer comes along.

That's just teaching a new user the basic functionalities of this site, in a way that leaves them with a choice not to accept (yet).

However, seeing that you accept an answer more than half of the times you ask a question, it's rather inappropriate in your case. You can flag those comments as not constructive; comments are meant to request clarification or add minor and transient information. See also this answer by one of the Stack Overflow employees.

P.S. accepting an answer doesn't give them badges (well, most of the times). It's just the +15 reputation that they're probably after.

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    $\begingroup$ I will add that there is also a comment template related to accepting answers. $\endgroup$ Apr 28, 2017 at 15:12
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    $\begingroup$ Regardless of whether or not it awards badges, why would anyone vote or accept on that basis? $\endgroup$ Apr 28, 2017 at 15:18
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    $\begingroup$ Regarding your last sentence: I don't care about 15 points, but I do care about knowing that the OP considers the problem solved, and also showing one's gratitude makes a difference to me. Upvoting and accepting is the way to say "thanks" to an answerer, and accepting shows that the case is closed. $\endgroup$ May 1, 2017 at 17:43
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    $\begingroup$ @JoonasIlmavirta then you're probably the exception to the rule. I agree that a 'proper' user of Stack Exchange should accept an answer that is satisfactory to him/her, and whenever I have a question, I tend to do so. However, reminding established users of this, who by their history seem to know how to accept an answer, is pointless and (IMHO) inappropriate. $\endgroup$
    – Glorfindel
    May 1, 2017 at 19:16
  • $\begingroup$ "an answer doesn't give them badges (well, most of the times)" I do not, in any way, want to say these comments are acceptable, but it is quite annoying to not get a silver badge (Enlightened) just because the OP leaves a comment "Thanks!" instead of accepting the answer. (I do not really care much about badges, but it is sort of satisfying to get one) $\endgroup$
    – wythagoras
    May 3, 2017 at 19:32

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