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Is it okay to never accept any answer?

No, it's not OK to post 72 questions, get useful answers, and not accept any of them. I would hope some moderator would take this user aside and explain a few things about how this site works best.
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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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Will un-accepting an answer affect someone's reputation?

If you unaccept an answer, the author of the answer will lose 15 reputation points. Additionally, you yourself will lose 2 reputation points. However, if you select a new answer, then the new author ...
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Allowed time between receiving an answer and upvoting and accepting

Take as long as you want or need. It's good to remember what the actual purpose of upvotes and accepts are. An upvote is much more than simply a "thank you" or a way of giving imaginary internet ...
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How good is an answer without any explanation? And how far should an explanation go?

A couple of things to answer your question: 1) Good hints belong here. Bad hints do not. If you want to make a good contribution to the site as an answerer, do the problem out always. It does not ...
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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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Should I have 'accepted' another answer?

I accepted the answer that was the most helpful to me That's exactly what the acceptance mark is meant to indicate. Alternatively I thought, maybe the additional votes on the other answer are to "...
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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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Confused with selecting an accepted answer.

It's entirely up to you how you choose which answer to reward with a green checkmark; you don't have to explain or defend your reasoning to anyone. But please do choose something if you consider your ...
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Is it okay to never accept any answer?

It is okay to not accept any answers if they haven't really clarified what you were trying to solve. You're under no obligation to give people participation points. If the answers lead you to ...
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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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How good is an answer without any explanation? And how far should an explanation go?

Here is a partial answer to your question. More of a general comment about hints belonging to the comments or not. Hints should sometimes go to the comments, and sometimes to the answers. First of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Is it okay to never accept any answer?

Regardless of the gratitude argument, accepting answers makes the sites questions easier to sift through. When there are questions that don't have accepted answers, people are more inclined to use ...
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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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Should I have 'accepted' another answer?

As a "complement" to @Daniel Fischer's answer: Screen shot coming from the tour.
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Accepting answers : What to do when your question asked to check your solution to a problem?

You question/request was Please clarify if I'm doing a blunder somewhere. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks. You should accept the answer that you best feel answers this question/request.
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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 ...
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