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Can I add a note to my own incorrect story ID answer, explaining why it is incorrect?

The user who asked the question should be encouraged to accept the correct answer If the user who asked the question accepts the correct answer then no notice on your incorrect answer is necessary. A ...
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16 votes
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Possibly incorrect answer accepted by OP

Stack Exchange's answer system ranks and rewards answers on two orthogonal axes. The first is marking an answer as Accepted, and the second is Question Score. These aren't necessarily aligned. The ...
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Late acceptances of story-identification answers

Looks like it. The previous record was about 7 years. Short story about two brothers leading an expedition to the prehistoric past, one (Orren? Owen?) is killed and erased from history Our overall ...
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Does SFF want to keep accepted answers pinned to the top or not?

I think this would be a neutral-to-positive change for us. (answer format and a lot of content taken from doppelgreener, here, and reworded to be specific to this site) The accepted answer exists to ...
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Possibly incorrect answer accepted by OP

It is unfortunately not possible which is why we have upvotes so the community can make the correct answer more obvious. OPs will sometimes make mistakes and accept answers with a variety of different ...
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Accepted answers

Unfortunately, because of the way accept and unaccept events are stored in the database, these questions cannot be perfectly answered. The problem is that "acceptance" is a special kind of vote, and ...
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12 votes
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How to proceed when a question (with bounty) appears to have "We don't know" as answer?

Wait until the bounty ends Bounty questions are special, in that they get more attention than normal questions. When you created the bounty you paid for that attention. Ending it early is a bit of a ...
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Does SFF want to keep accepted answers pinned to the top or not?

I think this site should continue with the established practice of showing accepted answers first, if only for the sake of the story identification questions. For those kinds of questions, only the ...
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11 votes
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What is a good time to wait before accepting an answer?

I'd like to propose a different rule of thumb, based not on your question, but on when you first recieve an answer you feel is 'acceptable'. If you see an answer to your question that satisfies you,...
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I made a poor choice in picking an answer

Are you sure you can't unaccept the currently accepted answer? According to main meta's canonical guidance: You may change which answer is accepted, or simply un-accept the answer, at any time. ...
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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?

On SFF, 43 (Valorum), followed by 16 (you), 14 (you), 13 (Valorum). On Christmas Eve 2015, you not only hit the repcap but more than doubled that with your SIXTEEN accepted answers. This superhuman ...
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Late acceptances of story-identification answers

I created the following SEDE query to test this: SELECT a.Id AS [Post Link], a.CreationDate AS [Answer Time], v.CreationDate AS [Accept Time], CONVERT(varchar, DATEDIFF(s, a....
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Why even accept an answer on Meta?

For the same reason as you'd accept an answer on the main site. Basically, accept an answer if it solved your question. If you post a support question, accept the answer that solves your problem by ...
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Is it possible to determine when an answer was accepted?

In addition to Loong's answer, you can also use the timeline view. This has the advantage of always showing the full date and time; the tooltip uses the same relative timestamp (e.g. "yesterday", "n ...
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Why isn't this accepted answer appearing above other answers?

The accepted answer to this question was a self-acceptance, and self-accepted answers aren't sorted to the top. This behavior is documented in a Stack Overflow blog post by Jeff Atwood (emphasis ...
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Can mods mark an answer as accepted?

No. This has been asked before on the main meta but rejected. Accepting an answer means that the author received an answer that worked for him or her personally Only the question author knows ...
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What is a good time to wait before accepting an answer?

I think a week is a pretty good period of time to wait before accepting answers. It gives people time to compose really excellent answers -- you never know when you'll get a really awesome answer to ...
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Temporarily accepting an answer to give it more exposure?

The help centre has the following to say on accepting answers: What should I do when someone answers my question? Decide if the answer is helpful, and then... Vote on it (if you have earned the ...
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How do I search for questions I asked but where I haven't accepted an answer?

Enter user:me is:question hasaccepted:no answers:1 closed:no into the search box (or click the link). This searches for user:me // posts by you is:question // questions hasaccepted:no /...
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What is a good time to wait before accepting an answer?

I use a sort of sliding scale to determine when to accept an answer. Basically, the more complex the question, the longer I wait before accepting an answer. In rare instances in which the question ...
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Can mods mark an answer as accepted?

No, they can't. Only the asker of a question can mark an answer as accepted. There are a few questions on Meta Stack Exchange addressing this issue (example 1, example 2) and the response is always ...
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What is a good time to wait before accepting an answer?

I would say that you should give it at least a few days. There's no rush to accept and you never know what another user is going to come up with, even if an earlier answer seems definitive. I've ...
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Does SFF want to keep accepted answers pinned to the top or not?

Unpinning the accepted answer empowers the community to bring the best answer to the top My initial thought was that unpinning the accepted answer would be a good thing for all tags except story-...
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Shouldn't a comment-only accept be considered equally much confirmation of an answer's correctness as a formal acceptance?

The old question (which I answered) should NOT have been closed as a duplicate. The OP was not looking for Piers Anthony's Dr. Dillingham series; he was looking for a certain collection of sci-fi ...
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Shouldn't a comment-only accept be considered equally much confirmation of an answer's correctness as a formal acceptance?

It's a bit unclear what you're trying to ask, but I think your query here is resolved by a combination of previous meta discussions and their conclusions: Is it desirable to have the community award &...
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Temporarily accepting an answer to give it more exposure?

Acceptance is the OP's prerogative. Accepting a 'wrong' answer might attract more downvotes to it, but there are no real rules on what kind of answers you're allowed to accept. Do whatever you want. ...
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What is a good time to wait before accepting an answer?

I am starting to think that a rule to "wait x number of days" before accepting is a little too simple and needs refining. Two days ago I asked a pair of questions: the one mentioned in my question ...
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Possibly incorrect answer accepted by OP

A similar question has been asked before here on Meta, but I can't find it. The sum of it was that the answers on SE sites are (up to a point) personal. I might ask a question that has 2 answers. One ...
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