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Do we want accepted answers unpinned on Math.SE?

(Note: this is my opinion as a user; my moderator hat is off.) I am in favor of ordering answers by number of votes only. The green check is supposed to indicate that the author of the question found ...
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Is it the best to post an answer to my own question and accept it?

The Question part is for questions, and the Answers part is for answers. So if you have an answer to your question, add your own answer. If you think it is a complete answer (and the best answer given)...
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Do we want accepted answers unpinned on Math.SE?

I dislike this proposition, for one reason: For many questions, the highest voted answer is simply the oldest. This is especially true of questions that appear on the "Hot Network Questions"...
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showing gratitude for a very helpful / detailed answer?

Also when writing a comment it explicitly states to avoid comments like "thanks" or so. Based on what I've seen, it's more a warning because some popular questions would net hundreds of such comments ...
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Should I tick the correct answer or the answer that was helpful?

I would go with the answer that was more helpful to me to understand the subject of my question. How do you even know that the other answer was "technically more correct"? Would you have arrived at ...
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Accepting incomplete helpful answer, vs posting my own complete answer

My own feeling is that a post that allows you to finish the problem yourself is the very best that can happen. I get disappointed when it becomes clear that the OP (the person asking) is not willing ...
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Someone's answer is completely copied and pasted from my answer, and their answer got accepted.

As mentioned in the comments, you must raise a flag in these situations, and the moderator team will handle it.
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Should I ask my doubt and later answer it on my own?

The short answer to this question is yes. And the long answer is included in the list of questions in the site's help center. You can check this article and read the details.
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Which answer to approve?

Accepting an answer is the decision of the asker alone. Apply criteria that you find reasonable. It sometimes can make sense to communicate your decision in a comment. Also, you can still up-vote all ...
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Accepting one answer if several answers form a partition of a full answer

If you would like to do a great service to later visitors, then you can write a complete union answer so that there is truly a single, great answer. Or at least an answer indicating for later viewers ...
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When do we upvote or accept an answer?

While I'm not the most active on this site, my experience on other SE sites would suggest a simple piece of advice: upvote answers that are helpful, and downvote answers that are harmful. You get a ...
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Can I edit a question making it more specific then change the accepted answer?

Because this is a case of progressive insight resulting in a substantially refined question (an algorithm isn't very sensible if no such number exists), I would consider a follow-up question a better ...
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Etiquette Question: OP answers based on the answers of others

If OP gets a very brief if not incomplete answer, and then adds their own answer which is a more complete version, who should be marked as Answering the Question. Whichever answer the OP finds most ...
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Accepting an answer that doesn't solve the question

This is entirely up to you. You can choose to accept or not accept any given answer for any reason you like. The hovertext does indicate that you should accept an answer which solves your problem, or ...
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Requesting for like or best answer

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 ...
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Do we want accepted answers unpinned on Math.SE?

I think the best solution would be to allow users to choose between sorting strictly by the number of votes, and putting the accepted answer at the top. Right now, there are three ways of sorting the ...
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Accepting answers

There is a check mark next to the answer. Select it. See How do I accept an answer? for details. At any given time you can only have accepted one answer per question (you can change which one ...
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How to mark that a question has been solved?

The only mechanism to mark a question as "solved" is for you to accept an answer. This is because Stack Exchange exists as a Q&A site, so the only reason we'd want to mark that a question has been ...
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Timeline of an answer; acceptance

You seem to be correct that the acceptance time does not appear to be shown anywhere in the timeline. However, you can see it directly on the answer itself by hovering over the checkmark that ...
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"Enlightened" Badge wrongly awarded

If you look at the reputation tab of the author of the currently accepted answer you can see that the answer was today first unaccepted (11:04:00), and later re-accepted (11:05:36). It is very ...
Daniel Fischer's user avatar
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A comment provides an answer and later answer is provided

It's fine to accept the solution. The commenter couldn't have had an expectation of getting anything by putting a solution in the comments, so nobody should feel like anything is lost. Accepting the ...
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What do I do if I got two equally good answers for a question that say basically the same thing, and I don't know which one to accept?

Various people have given various suggested criteria in the comments -- including accepting the first answer, the one posted by the lower-rep user, and other ideas. If both answers are truly "...
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Why does the acceptance of an answer not imply an upvote?

An answer can be technically correct without being particularly helpful or useful, and the question asker should be allowed to acknowledge that as well. For example, there was a question recently on ...
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When do we upvote or accept an answer?

In my opinion, you should be quicker to upvote than to accept. You can undo an upvote and you can undo an accept, but, speaking only for myself, I'm more willing to see an upvote reversal kindly than ...
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Timeline of an answer; acceptance

To supplement Eric Wofsey's answer: Answers accepted less than three days ago are shown as The question owner accepted this as the best answer [X hours ago]/[yesterday]/[2 days ago]. rather than the ...
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There should be a badge for sufficient number of accepted answers

When proposing a new badge, it's always a good idea to check which kind of good behaviour it promotes that currently is not sufficiently awarded. I don't see any; the answer being accepted already ...
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Should I mark my answer to my own question as community wiki and accept it?

On MSE, it is recommended to accept answers (even your own), in order to mark questions as "solved" (and close them). When you accept your own answer, you don't get the usual 15 reputation points. You ...
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Can (why if not) moderators accept answers?

Moderators do not have this ability, no one but the OP has (with the obvious exception of somebody that can "hack" the SE database directly). As a rule, moderators are not judges about the ...
quid's user avatar
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How should I share new understandings following an answered question

I think adding a self-answer is the appropriate behavior. Actually, I did so several times, e.g. here. I got an answer, the answer helped me to get a grasp on the problem, I then thought about the ...
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