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Check in on the accepted answer being unpinned; do we want to leave it as is or re-pin it to the top?

Way back in September of last year we posted a meta asking if the community wanted the accepted answer to be unpinned from the top of posts. The vote was very close but an answer suggesting unpinning ...
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Shouldn't a comment-only accept be considered equally much confirmation of an answer's correctness as a formal acceptance?

This meta-question is similar to one already asked. But the older meta-question mentions the case of an answer only found in comments. I'm asking in the case of an answer actually posted, and when the ...
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Does SFF want to keep accepted answers pinned to the top or not?

Context: Unpinning the accepted answer from the top of the list of answers Stack Overflow has just stopped pinning the accepted answer to the top of the list of answers, instead ordering answers ...
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Late acceptances of story-identification answers

This story-identification question was asked on June 16, 2013; I answered it on July 1, 2013; and my answer was accepted today, April 23, 2021, almost 8 years later. Is this a record?
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How to proceed when a question (with bounty) appears to have "We don't know" as answer?

I added a bounty for a question in order to find the canonical answer. @Valorum found a plausible answer, however, as the wiki didn't referenced it, the answer was shared. The bounty will end in 6 ...
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Temporarily accepting an answer to give it more exposure?

Is there anything wrong with accepting an answer solely to place it at the top of the list for a while, with the intention of then unaccepting it? Oftentimes there might be an answer to a question ...
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Is 'It was never mentioned/explained' a valid answer? [duplicate]

Fans will often be curious or even obsess over tiny details and minutiae that the creators of whatever we are fan of never gave an explanation to, whether it was in-universe or out-of-universe, for ...
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Can I add a note to my own incorrect story ID answer, explaining why it is incorrect?

Background Over a year ago, a story ID request was asked, about a lone man manning some sort of space station. I answered it, and even though my guess wasn't the actual story the querant was looking ...
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Why even accept an answer on Meta?

Why even bother marking a post accepted on meta? It does not seem to contribute to anything, so why even bother?
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Accepted answers

Just asking out of idle curiosity: 1. What is the longest span of time between asking a question and accepting an answer? All right, that must be the infamous 3:33 question. 2. Between the posting of ...
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I made a poor choice in picking an answer

On one question I asked a while back, I wanted an answer about how a particular topic was addressed in Star Trek (specifically in Star Trek: Voyager). I don't know what I was thinking when I picked ...
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Can mods mark an answer as accepted?

Inspired by this answer. The OP has said that it is the correct answer in a comment, but that they cannot mark the answer as accepted. Are the mods able to mark the answer as accepted so that other ...
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Why isn't this accepted answer appearing above other answers?

While browsing What is Hermione Granger's ethnicity?, I was surprised to see the top answer by votes wasn't accepted, when the icon in the questions list was green, indicating it had an accepted ...
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Is it possible to determine when an answer was accepted?

I don't see an obvious way to determine the date and time
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What's the etiquette for selecting and answer in this question

This question What is the inspiration for Moff? Has some answers, a combination of which answer it really. What is the etiquette when it comes to marking one as the answer (I don't think any one ...
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How do I search for questions I asked but where I haven't accepted an answer? [duplicate]

So you've asked a bunch of questions and have forgotten about them. How do you find out which questions may have been answered without you having accepted an answer?
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What happens when you edit an accepted answer?

I answered the question Why were the Hobbit and Lord of the Ring movies released in reverse order to the books? and I had the accepted answer. Later on I realized that the link was pointing to the ...
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What is a good time to wait before accepting an answer?

I've got a question out which has an answer I am willing to accept but which is along the lines of "I don't know for sure, this may be it...". I don't want to accept it too early in case someone else ...
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Possibly incorrect answer accepted by OP

I have seen some questions where OP had accepted an answer due to activeness of certain users rather than other answers which address the question more accurately or have been answered correctly later....
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Should I delete my (accepted) answer?

I answered Trying to find an episode of “Batman Beyond”, and my answer was accepted. However, the slightly (14 seconds) earlier answer was somewhat better and later was edited to be much better. I ...
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What to do when a question has been answered but the asker forgot to "accept it"?

Why did Dumbledore tell Harry there were 6 Horcruxes when he already knew Harry was a horcrux? DVK's answer is correct. The asker even commented thanking DVK. We all know it is the answer. But the ...
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What should I do with a question on a book whose answer I find by "reading with more attention"?

I have been re-reading the LotR and, it being a masterpiece and a huge work at the same time, I felt the need to ask for clarification about a rather specific issue. I got a good answer and accepted ...
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Should [story-identification] Qs with correct answer be post-tagged with author's tag? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should we tag story identification questions with the name of the author? @MajorStackings asked in chat: Quick question: Once a story identification question gets answered, ...
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What's the largest count of accepted answers in a single day ever achieved on SFF.SE by a single user?

While reading Meta.SO answers related to reaching 200 rep, rep caps and Epic/Legendary badges, I caught an expression "Earn 9 accepted answers and zero upvotes" as one of the means of reaching ...
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Is it desirable to have the community award "acceptance" to answers on abandoned questions?

There are many questions like this one: Identifying a story about a girl named Sarah who finds out she is a robot The pattern is the same: User (usually new one) asks a question. Often, it's ...
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Is it okay to not select an answer as correct?

There are a couple questions that I've asked that I don't really think have been answered correctly, or I don't really agree with the answer. Is it ok that they go without me selecting one of them as ...
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What should happen when a new answer is more accurate than the existing acctepted answer

In reference to this question about a possible film adaptation of a book; what should happen when a new response turns out to be more accurate than the original accepted answer? I can think of a few ...
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