Some people here in community must exist who never bother to accept answer as answer. How should moderator deal with them? They always gets an answer and disappear. Now more response, never mark answer as answer, but ask next question instead. Moderator should consider these type of users. I think?

  • \$\begingroup\$ What is the issue? Why is it so important for you that OPs accept/upvote answers? \$\endgroup\$
    – Vaillancourt Mod
    Commented Feb 9, 2016 at 3:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ Buddy, I Saw this in stackoverflow, so I asked it here.. Nothing important it this \$\endgroup\$ Commented Feb 9, 2016 at 5:35

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Nobody can mark a question as answered except the asker, not even moderators, and that is by design.

The checkmark means, from the perspective of the asker, "this answer solved my problem or helped me solve my problem." Nobody but the asker can make that judgement. Consequently we do not (and will not) attempt to moderate, scold, encourage, cajole, badger or coerce users into marking questions as answered. It's entirely up to them.

There's nothing bad or incorrect about never accepting an answer on a question.

  • \$\begingroup\$ But he told me in his next question that previous answer was useful and he forgot to say thanks.. So he thanked me on very next question for the previous answer, but still he didn't mark that \$\endgroup\$ Commented Feb 8, 2016 at 21:02
  • \$\begingroup\$ So? That's not a "problem," in the sense that that's not something that can be moderated. What are you proposing we do in these cases? \$\endgroup\$
    – user1430
    Commented Feb 8, 2016 at 21:13
  • \$\begingroup\$ At least remind him to do the formalities so next time at least people don't leave your question or don't answer you quickly because of your past reputation \$\endgroup\$ Commented Feb 9, 2016 at 3:16
  • \$\begingroup\$ That's not going to happen; it's very possible and correct that no answer helps an asker and thus none should be checked. It's also possible the user just never comes back (in which case the reminder is a waste). You (or any individual) can suggest to a user that they might consider accepting an answer, but that's not going to be a site policy, and furthermore abusing it (that is, badgering somebody too often to choose an answer) is not allowed. \$\endgroup\$
    – user1430
    Commented Feb 9, 2016 at 3:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ Actually I saw this at stackoverflow. What can I say... \$\endgroup\$ Commented Feb 9, 2016 at 5:27

Welcome to the Internet.

Internet is full of people

  • that come and go
  • that come and stay
  • that are intelligent
  • that are stupid
  • that can read rules and guidelines
  • that bother to read rules and guidelines and don't bother abiding by them
  • that don't care about the rules and guidelines
  • that enjoy using a service by the rules and guidelines
  • that act like [boy|girl]-scouts
  • that act like bullies

Stack Exchange is on the Internet, and, by default, there is all sorts of people using the site.

Stack Exchange suggests to mark the answer as accepted. There is a reward for the OP and for the answer author. You'll find people that will enjoy doing it, and you will find some who don't know or don't care.

And it's ok.

At the end of the day, it's only 15 reputation points.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Currently going worse than that \$\endgroup\$ Commented Feb 9, 2016 at 3:13
  • \$\begingroup\$ @HamzaHasan I'm not sure I understand what you mean here..? \$\endgroup\$
    – Vaillancourt Mod
    Commented Feb 9, 2016 at 3:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ It was about 15 reputation per day :D \$\endgroup\$ Commented Feb 9, 2016 at 3:20
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    \$\begingroup\$ Fifteen reputation is trivial; even if reputation gain is your primary motivator for answering (and I find that unfortunate, if true), a decent answer will generate far more reputation over time from votes than it will from acceptance. \$\endgroup\$
    – user1430
    Commented Feb 9, 2016 at 4:21
  • \$\begingroup\$ Agreed. And m not here for that. Don't be like that for me :D \$\endgroup\$ Commented Feb 9, 2016 at 5:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ I just saw a question get updated by Community where the asker answered their own question and didn't mark it as accepted. Given that the user only has 11 rep, I doubt they'll ever return. It disappoints me that this question will forever rise to the top as a result. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Feb 11, 2016 at 18:10

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