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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?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Only if the people select answers for them. \$\endgroup\$ Jul 14, 2011 at 0:00

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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\$ Jul 14, 2011 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\$ Jul 19, 2011 at 4:02
  • \$\begingroup\$ Hey why haven't you accepted this answer @iamcreasy :) \$\endgroup\$
    – Tim Holt
    Jul 26, 2011 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\$ Jul 26, 2011 at 18:37

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