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It is not an obligation, but it is in the spirit of the site. Think of future readers; you want to signpost the answer that you, the question asker, deemed most helpful so that it will be evident to others. Don't worry about the original answerer losing some rep: it comes and it goes. What is important is that the wiki contains helpful answers and ...


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It's perfectly fine to accept your own answer to a question, regardless of whether it's the only one or one of many. The only thing that matters is that it answers your question, and you as the OP are marking an answer to denote that it solved your particular situation.


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The solution to that situation is to not accept so quickly... That sounds a bit simplistic, but consider that not everyone gets to see the question right when it's posted. There will be answers that come a bit later. Also, questions with accepted answers show up with a green box in the question list, immediately signalling "case closed" even before the ...


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The metaSO site has this Q&A on the subject: How does accepting an answer work?. Within a bullet list there in the accepted answer (ironically) is this: The bottom line is that you should accept the answer that you found to be the most helpful to you, personally. So it's entirely up to the OP to accept whichever and it's just something you ...


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If it's clear that the asker is satisfied with the answer, and it looks like they are new to Stack Exchange and don't know about this feature, then it's a good idea to explain in a comment that they should mark the answer as accepted. Basically, if the asker has left a comment under an answer saying something like “thanks, it worked”, then reply to this ...


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What answer you accept is completely up to you. You should accept the one which you, personally, found most helpful. If that isn't the one you would consider objectively "best", so be it. Accepted answers can only be deleted by mods so there's no danger of Nominal Animal deleting the answer you've accepted. Answers on the SE sites are publicly licensed and ...


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If you have a question for which there can be no single right — or at least, judged to be best — answer, it's not a good fit for Stack Exchange in the first place. That doesn't mean it's bad — it's just not what we're here for. See the site help for more, under What types of questions should I avoid asking?


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The active bounty is what keeps the question on the Featured list, regardless of whether there is an accepted answer or not. Accepting an answer won't award the bounty immediately. If you don't award the bounty manually though, and since you're both the person who asked the question and the one who posted the bounty, it will be automatically awarded to the ...


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You should accept the one that you prefer. That's it. You're the OP, you get to choose. In this specific case, the answers do not contradict each other, they both give valid reasons why linking is not the best approach. You have chosen to accept the most comprehensive one. That seems very reasonable. As a general rule, the OP has the right to accept ...


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Yes as one of the answerers, I thought it was incorrect of Jllarge to pressure you into (unaccepting my answer) vs. accepting his. Not from the perspective that mine was right or his was right but that as the OP it's your prerogative. You even said to him in comments on his answer why you chose mine vs. his. Normally I would've said nothing, but I took ...


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For this specific question: it is not THAT old, so just leave it alone. This is IMHO also the general approach to this "problem". There are questions with no valid answer up until now. Sometimes other people will adopt such a answer and start a bounty for it (I once earned one for one of these) and I already did this myself (start a bounty on a question I ...


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In general, no, only the asker can unaccept an answer. In this case since the answer no longer answers the question, I converted it to a comment, so the question is considered to have no answer now and will show up on the unanswered list. You can further promote a question by putting a bounty on it, although you don't have enough reputation to do that yet


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You can do this in a comment and delete the comment after the accept-vote has been done. Accepting answers leads to good answers. IMHO it can not hurt to say so.


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In case you wondered (like I did), but did not try: you cannot delete your answer once it is accepted, but it can be deleted through moderator intervention or by being flagged, as described here. (Some selections after flagging bring out moderator attention as well). Your question here on meta is valid and had the result you wanted, but I don't think we ...


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I agree with part of @slm's answer, specifically: The metaSO site has this Q&A on the subject: How does accepting an answer work?. Within a bullet list there in the accepted answer (ironically) is this: The bottom line is that you should accept the answer that you found to be the most helpful to you, personally. So it's ...


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