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How do you accept an answer?

I have been "accepting answers" to my questions by up voting the good answers received for my questions. However, I have a 0% accept rate. :( Apparently, I do not know how to accept answers.
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Is there a logic in which we accept an answer without up-voting it?

Is there a logic in which we accept an answer without up-voting it? If there is no such a logic, then why didn't SE make the accept button automatically trigger one up vote? It also does not make ...
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Should I switch the accepted answer?

So, after a few posts here and there on SE, I saw this happen a few times: a user A is the first to answer correctly to a question. His answer is thus accepted. Yet, user B then adds an answer which ...
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Should I accept if the answer says "it can't be done"?

This answer replies to the question by saying this is not possible. Normally, I should accept an answer if it solves my problem. Although the answer It's not possible is probably correct, should I ...
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Should we wait a bit before accepting answers?

There are a few questions where an answer has been accepted really quickly. In at least one case, the question got an answer after 20 minutes and had an accepted answer less than 30 minutes from being ...
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How to choose between two equally good and equally helpful answers

I posted a question here and got two equally good answers. Both of them are short, useful and to the point. One person's answer is more upvoted than that of the other which I believe was due to the ...
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Is it fair to "unaccept" an already accepted answer?

Say I've asked a question to which someone added an answer they put quite some effort into. At first glance the answer seemed to perfectly answer my question, so I accepted it. Now, after using the ...
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Is it okay to ask the OP to accept the answer?

Especially if the question and answer(s) are very much new, say less than 12 hours or even 24 hours, is it ok to ask OP to accept the answer, that is added by self or someone else. See examples, here ...
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Accepted answer checkmark color

I just asked this question at when I realized I have the same problem over here as well. When I ask a question (and every answer has a check mark next to it for me ...
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How to find my questions for which I have not accepted an answer

I am looking for a way of listing, in first-come-first fashion, the questions for which I have not chosen one of the answers.
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How soon should I accept an answer and when is it appropriate to accept a different answer?

How soon should I accept an answer? As I understand it, you should accept the answer that is most helpful. Often the first answer I receive fixes my problem, but then someone else posts an answer ...
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Do we have a low answer-acceptance rate here?

Browsing through my old answers (looking for a bit of code I wrote) I notice that many of them are on questions for which an answer has never been accepted, even when there are multiple upvoted ...
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How to politely tell someone that his choice of answer is poor?

Recently, I was alerted to how questioners choose which of the answers best solve their problem(s). I observed that, especially for beginners, that they did not select the best answer from the ...
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Changing acceptance after a long time

This is meant as a conclusion (and possible continuation) of a comment-discussion I had with @Daniel around this answer. I have a strong opinion on this myself, but I'm here for a very short time and ...
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Is it possible for moderators to accept an answer?

There are numerous examples of questions on TeX.SX and SX sites where the OP has asked a question, some one has provided at least one complete solution but the OP has not accepted any of the answers. ...
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Answer is good, but not quite finished. I finished, what do I do?

I asked a question and got a helpful, though not complete answer. I had to put in a bit of work to get it to the point it completely answers my question. I would like to post the complete answer, ...
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When should we discipline ourselves?

When should we discipline ourselves? (Also, I thought there was a way for the actual badge to show up, or am I thinking of tags?) My answer to a question is ugly and buggy, but apparently worked for ...
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Choosing to accept between an answer that helped me the most and a more popular answer

There were several good answers in my recent question in main: Should I place \title, \author, \date in the preamble or after \begin{document}?. I am leaning towards accepting the answer that helped ...
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What if better than the accepted answer appears?

Say, over the time every piece of software evolves, new packages appear. And what if better than the accepted answer appears? I think, especially for questions that are about doing a task (making it a ...
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Deciding which typography answer should be accepted?

Should I accept the answer that is favored by my personal taste? I am asking typography questions when I don't know what the right answer is (e.g. Spacing in "$d=2$-dimensional" ) So maybe ...
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Many great solutions for one problem – who wins?

Recently I asked the question \footnotetext numbering for many \footnotemark - automatic solution and I received three nice solutions. Each has its advantages. Which answer should be accepted? ...
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Adding the "accepted" mark to a question or to a comment

Related to How to end the unanswered status of really solved questions in the comments? There are a lot of question in the main TeX.SE like this with no real answer but with a comment that contains ...
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How to find your own questions with unaccepted answers? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to find my questions for which I have not accepted an answer I can't find an easy way to review all the questions which I have asked which a) have at least one answer and ...
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Can the message "Don't forget you can mark this answer as the accepted answer" only come up when the waiting period is over?

I upvoted an answer, and a popup appeared with something along the lines of "Don't forget you can mark this answer as the accepted answer". I tried to accept the answer, and then another popup ...
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Can I accept two answers?

Suppose I ask a multi-part question, and two different people answer two different parts of my question. Is there a way to accept both answers?
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Policy or guidelines on accepting a different answer

Two years ago I asked a question, which, in short, got the answer "not possible, try different route". This was a solution and I accepted that. Now a technical solution comes along and someone ...
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Should I self answer my question?

I am new here and do not know how to react now. I asked this question and got some answers, each answer is a part of solving the question. Should I now write a self answer with a summary of all ...
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Reminder for own (unanswered) question

Would it be useful to remind users to choose an answer when a question received one or several answers but the question was not marked as answered? This would prevent questions from remaining "...
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How to select the correct answer and award the bounty

I have asked a question and opened a bounty to get some attention. Fortunately, I received two good but wildly different answers. The differences as I see them are: Answer 1 Seems like a more ...
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Follow up questions to answered thread

I have marked a thread as answered many times, but on a few of them, I later asked a follow up comment. Do the answers not get notified when the thread is marked answered? Or is common just to ...
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Which answer to accept if the answer with solution is based on an answer with the important insight?

Let's say that someone only gives a hint and someone else, perhaps even the asker, then creates a full solution based on it. Which of the answers should be the accepted one? On the one hand, it ...
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What to do with questions whose accepted answer invalidates the question?

Let's consider utf8 or latin1 encoding - german. When you look at the wording, you may notice that this question makes no sense for UTF-8 compilers with their default settings (these compilers would ...
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(Further) guidelines on accepting answers

I asked a question a few moments ago and someone answered straight away. Then, a while later someone else proposed an alternative way of doing the same thing. The answers are not all that different ...
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Can't accept answer

Someone answered my question, but there is no checkmark to accept the answer. I've been unable to find out if I need more reputation to do this, if I'm missing something, or if something is wrong. ...
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Real answer appeared in the discussion that followed the original answer

The answer that worked eventually appeared in the discussion with the author of the original answer which wasn't working for me. Should I accept the (original) answer ? Here is the Question in ...
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When is it acceptable to accept one own's answer?

Here's the scenario: I have recieved a few good answers for a [code-bound] question I asked. Since they all make different contributions, I would like to write my own answer combining approaches and ...
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Locking (delaying) answer accept

Wouldn't it be better if an answer could be accepted only after some time after posting a question (say 24 hours)? I think this would help in accepting the truly best answer. Often (especially when a ...
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What is "% accept rate"?

The title really says it is this number computed?
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How can I push the undoing of marking as accepted an answer I gave in favor of marking as accepted a better answer given by someone else?

It happens from time to time/all the time that I realize that the answer someone else has given to a question is better than the answer I gave. This also happens in situations where the questioner has ...
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Resolving orphaned and abandoned questions

The OP of the question Why does my graphics flows out of the box? seems to no longer exist while there is an answer with a working solution. Therefore the question will stay open forever. This happens ...
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How does one log in to mark a question as answered if the Name/Email post question method was used

I asked the question What is a suitable package for drawing term algebra style trees and signed in using the Name/Email method. I guess, for some reason, I thought it would log me in. However, now ...
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Submitted answer has incorrect statements about TeX, but code solves problem

Please advise. I asked a question and a submitted answer had code that solves the problem. However, the answer also starts with statements about TeX macros that contradict commonly used TeX ...
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Where are green outlined checkmarks in comments to my question? Cannot mark a comment as accepted answer

Stack Exchange directions state: To mark an answer as accepted, click on the check mark beside the answer to toggle it from greyed out to filled in. However, the comments to my question do not have ...
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Own answers should be possible to be accepted after some(?) votes of commited users

I really do not vote up for own questions, own answers and own everything else where voting or any kind of a counted positive commenting is applicable. Theoretically, given that I won't rethink my ...
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Accepting more than one answer

This is kind of a duplicate (kind of because a real duplicate seems to have the need of being asked in the same SE forum and the duplicated question is on the main meta forum - apart from that it is ...
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Question that needs no answer but has a good one

At position punctuation after a box I asked how to reformat punctuation that (as it turns out) is correct as is. There's an answer to my question as asked which I've upvoted. It doesn't seem quite ...
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