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How to politely tell someone that his choice of answer is poor?

If the accepted answer is provably wrong, it seems fine to add a comment saying so. But the comment IMO should be aimed at the answerer, not the questioner, and the answerer should suggest ...
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Do we have a low answer-acceptance rate here?

Here is a timeline of how things changed on this site since 2011 (I used a year-specific extraction of a data query). More specifically, it shows the cumulative questions and accepted answers as well ...
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Is it fair to "unaccept" an already accepted answer?

Let's assume the real problems are not with your query (say, unclear wording) but solely with the answer you accepted prematurely, before you discovered the flaws. Before un-accepting that answer, I ...
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Submitted answer has incorrect statements about TeX, but code solves problem

Taking the general question, if you feel there is an issue with an answer then it is always best to comment to that effect. You can for example ask for clarification, point to information that part is ...
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Deciding which typography answer should be accepted?

Either select the answer that benefits the community the most (according to your opinion), hoping that future visitors to your question will find meaning in your choice; or select the answer that ...
Werner's user avatar
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Do we have a low answer-acceptance rate here?

Acceptance is something that new users genuinely don't know about. Contrary to the common belief that Stackoverflow is super well-known it is basically not known outside coding circles. As these ...
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What to do with questions whose accepted answer invalidates the question?

While the general question in the title could have some answers or policy decisions, I don't think the example you give is an example of the problem. I think you start out with an incorrect premise. ...
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Submitted answer has incorrect statements about TeX, but code solves problem

Posting an answer to wrap up the comment thread. As Joseph says, for the general policy question you are not obliged to accept any answer. You could post your own answer and accept that if you prefer. ...
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What to do with questions whose accepted answer invalidates the question?

This is a common problem since it boils down to a fundamental problem of asking a good question. Not just asking a question, but asking a good, well-formulated, clear, concise, researched question. ...
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How to select the correct answer and award the bounty

This is one of the privileges of asking a question. It allows you to decide which answer helped you most. Like voting, your decision-making process doesn't have to be disclosed. My suggestion would ...
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What to do with questions whose accepted answer invalidates the question?

Expanding a little on my comment, note that the original question is from 2010 and the answer is marked as accepted the same year. Much has changed since then...in particular pdflatex was the ...
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Is it possible for moderators to accept an answer?

I strongly agree with @Andrew, the point is not taking away the possibility to people of choosing the best answers, but there are plenty of cases in which people are satisfied with answers but they ...
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How to choose between two equally good and equally helpful answers

If the two answers are absolutely of the same value, I think it could be a good practice to accept the one of the user with the lowest reputation. In general, you should vote/accept the answer, not ...
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Where are green outlined checkmarks in comments to my question? Cannot mark a comment as accepted answer

As you've already noted, only answers can be accepted. Comments are considered transitory and therefore doesn't have this option. You can upvote a comment, but not "accept it as an answer." ...
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How to politely tell someone that his choice of answer is poor?

If a user chooses a solution that is not as robust as your own, it may be (as I think you suggested) that they do not yet understand the intricacies of Latex code and needed a solution they could most ...
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