I just asked a question and three people gave 3 really good answers. Each of them is very useful and both the comments and answers help clear up a lot of things. How do I then go about choosing which answer I accept?


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There are no rules stipulating how you make a decision: choosing an answer to accept is a very subjective issue.

Now, if you really cannot choose, one option (which I use myself in other Stackexchange sites) is to flip a coin (roll a die etc.) and randomly choose one. Then leave a comment on the other answers saying that you appreciated the help, but software limitations allows you to accept one answer, and so on and so forth.

For a lot of the users here, the primary functions of the check-mark is

  1. To indicate the question is solved
  2. To thank the answerer.

For those users whether they actually get the 15 rep point isn't that important: they would be perfectly happy knowing that their efforts are not misspent and you found their help to be useful.

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    $\begingroup$ Note that at least from personal experience, 'flip a coin, cringe when it comes up one way and realize that you preferred the other choice all along' is also an excellent method for deciding which of two choices you prefer... $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 9, 2013 at 22:53
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    $\begingroup$ @StevenStadnicki I like this comment more than the answer :).(I like the answer also) $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 6, 2014 at 1:33

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