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Accepting answers to someone else's questions [meta]

asked 2017-09-14 15:22:07 -0600

jayess gravatar image

I've noticed that a lot of people don't accept an answer to their question, even if they comment that the solution worked. Is it OK to accept an answer for a question that I didn't ask? Is there a certain amount of time that should pass before doing so?

I have enough karma to accept the answer for others, but before doing that I want to make sure that that's not going against any kind of etiquette. I didn't find anything in the forum or wiki.

Some examples are: and

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One (somewhat miserly) approach that maintains a high quality standard would be to mark an answer the answer only if you had the same problem, found the existing question through search, and the answer helped you. (And there an upvote for the question would have been earned as well)

lucasw gravatar image lucasw  ( 2017-09-14 19:08:04 -0600 )edit

Other than that make a comment suggesting that the original question asker to mark the answer as correct, and leave it to them.

lucasw gravatar image lucasw  ( 2017-09-14 19:15:20 -0600 )edit

These are two good approaches. Thanks @lucasw

jayess gravatar image jayess  ( 2017-09-18 18:36:45 -0600 )edit

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answered 2017-09-19 09:34:07 -0600

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updated 2017-09-27 15:10:10 -0600

I can't find the record, but there was a moment where marking un-selected answers was encouraged by the organizers. So I believe you're more than welcomed to accept reasonable answers.

Something related:

Btw, we also have a github repo regarding the meta issues for Answers website like your question :)

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Great, thanks for input. I think that I'll be following this. I wasn't aware of the repo regarding the meta issues for Answers, so thanks for pointing that out to me too and I'll make sure to ask those types of questions there.

jayess gravatar image jayess  ( 2017-09-27 13:01:26 -0600 )edit

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