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A good answer exists but is not accepted

A lot of questions in game dev have answers but they are not selected as an answer of the question. Can the situation be improved in anyway?


marked as duplicate by Jeff Atwood Jul 14 '11 at 21:56

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Only if the people select answers for them. \$\endgroup\$ – Jesse Dorsey Jul 14 '11 at 0:00

Accepting an answer isn't required; the community voting moves the "best" answers to the top naturally.

Accept is more of a social convention and a "hey, thanks man, this really helped me!" connection between the asker and answerer, than anything else.

  • \$\begingroup\$ So, 'not selecting answer' is not a problem, even if it is suitable? \$\endgroup\$ – Quazi Irfan Jul 14 '11 at 17:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ @iamcreasy: No, it's not a "problem," per se. It's considered "good manners" to reciprocate someone's hard work, so we provided that feature. A lot of folks feel slighted when the original author fails to close that loop and offer that bit of gratitude -- so we built in an 'accept rate' to remind them: blog.stackoverflow.com/2009/08/new-question-asker-features \$\endgroup\$ – Robert Cartaino Jul 19 '11 at 4:02
  • \$\begingroup\$ Hey why haven't you accepted this answer @iamcreasy :) \$\endgroup\$ – Tim Holt Jul 26 '11 at 15:57
  • \$\begingroup\$ @tim-holt well there were some JS error with my browser on the time I tried to accept it. Nothing was working. Now, its back again. \$\endgroup\$ – Quazi Irfan Jul 26 '11 at 18:37

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