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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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Various proposals around acceptances are floated on various metas all the time: allowing moderators to mark as accepted, allowing other users to mark as accepted, and now more or less forcing the users to accept answers. I honestly do not understand the obsession. So, there is no green checkmark next to any answer. How is that a significant problem? The ...


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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), then you can accept it.


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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 gains the 15 reputation and you gain back your 2 reputation. Note that if you accept an answer which you yourself have written, there is no reputation gain. ...


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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 points to other users. An upvote is an indication to all other users that this answer is good and helpful. When other users happen across questions, they are led to ...


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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 matter whether you plan to post a full, novella-like solution that details every step as far as $1+1=2$ or just enough to give a taste of the path one needs to ...


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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 from others viewing them. I feel like that rule is more lax in terms of the asker saying it to someone else; I know I've done it a few times. I guess the only ...


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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 "make up" for the missing 'accepted' tag. That might be, or not. You can't know that, and you shouldn't really care. Any guidance on this would be ...


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Admittedly, there are times when changing the accepted answer may annoy someone. Here are some circumstances: When the question is a homework question, the accepted answer is a well written hint and the newer answer is a full solution. Some may think that by accepting the full solution, you are encouraging the practice of doing homeworks for the others on ...


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What I have done is to submit my own answer with a comment at the beginning stating my belief that the accepted answer was incorrect. Is there anything else that I can or should do? Both of what you did are entirely within the spirit of how this site operates. The only additional thing that I can think of would be to downvote the incorrect answer.


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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 to follow my hints on how to finish. As the saying goes: Give a man a fire and he's warm for one night. Set fire to him and he's warm for the rest of his life. ...


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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 problem solved due to the answers. If everything else fails, throw dice. In the great scheme of things, who gets the 15 meaningless internet points is not as ...


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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 that conclusion without the answer you found more helpful?


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I can think of a few valid reasons for moderator intervention regarding accepted answer: One user accepts another user's junk answers as a way of gaming the reputation system The answer owner requests deletion, having realized that the answer is totally wrong and being unable to get it unaccepted by the question owner (discussed in http://meta.math....


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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 all, hints are useful to future visitors, since they might be standing at the same shoes (or isomorphic shoes) as the person who asked the question. And ...


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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 answers you find useful. One sees comments of the following form with some frequency on non-accepted answers: The alternative approach presented in this ...


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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 understanding the problem, you should always accept. In this particular case I think the fact that they have asked 72 questions implies they have gotten useful answers ...


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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 useful. Most design and functionality aspects of this site serve a purpose. Many serve to make the process of asking and answering as easy and painless as ...


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It is a good feature to have because it gives the answerer incentive to attempt to help the asker, rather than just give an answer that the rest of the community thought was interesting. Basically, it gives the asker an extra layer of "authority" over the quality of answers to his or her question. Personally, I share your sentiment that the feature just ...


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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 approach in this case. Also because the original question is still interesting with the follow-up in place.


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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 a complete resolution, and explaining how the other two answers fit into this. This way, a later visitor who is intrigued by (or perhaps even has the problem ...


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In my opinion, if the user specifically comments on your answer being very helpful, or the greatest, I think it is lovely to ask the user to accept your answer if they find it the most helpful. Keep in mind the accept rate: There might be a reason that the answer has not been accepted if you see a high accept rate. If you see a low accept rate, browse a ...


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This has been discussed previously here at meta.SO. The consensus was that the feature would not be useful, and would undermine the answer/comment divide.


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Upvotes are worth +10 and accepts are worth +15. Upvote rep is still awarded when a user accepts, so an upvote accept is +25. In general, users upvote any post they find worthwhile. You are right in assuming that most users upvote answers they accept, and that it is widely considered a douchey move to accept without upvoting. ("If my post wasn't worthwhile,...


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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 their time to peruse the question and answers. If then they have wasted their time due to there being one or more perfectly acceptable answers, that is a loss to ...


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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 ...


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You make an interesting point. In the past, I have been on the wrong side of an OP who demonstrated ignorance by accepting an obviously wrong/useless answer. But despite the potential for ignorance, I still think the system as is works. The OP should be the ultimate judge of what's useful to them. All we can do is urge the OP to rethink.


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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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As a "complement" to @Daniel Fischer's answer: Screen shot coming from the tour.


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