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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 unaccepting the answer if that's the case. But if your opinion is that another answer is better, then again, it's fine to add a comment to that answer saying something ...


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The issue can be often be solved in advance by simply not accepting the first answer right away. Instead the questioner should wait at least a couple of hours if not a day until the answer is accepted. This way other people have a chance to give an answer as well. Another thing is when a new answer is given after a longer period of time. It happens that ...


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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 as this ratio (or percentage) as the site grows: With accepted Questions answers Percentage Growth 2011 13108 ...


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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 believe that sheer politeness and good manners require leaving a comment first, detailing the flaws you've discovered and asking the answer-giver if it's ...


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No. Accepting an answer is purely the decision of the person asking the question, and does not have to reflect what others feel is the 'best' answer. It simply is a way of saying that it is the answer which helped the person asking the question the most. Of course, this can mean that a question with a good answer never gets an accepted answer: that is '...


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The accepted answer is the one of 'most use to the original questioner'. As such, it is really down to you which one you take: it's quite reasonable to move the tick. You might of course want to explain why, for example in a comment on the answer you 'unaccept'. It's worth noting that the fact that the tick is down to the questioner alone means that it's ...


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The answerers know that you can only accept one answer; they shouldn’t mind when you do so. On english.stackexchange, I’ve been an answerer in this scenario many times, and I’ve never seen anyone unhappy when one answer among two or several good ones was accepted. If you like, a comment like “Thankyou, this [was very helpful/works fine/is a useful ...


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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 helped you most (based on your situation). Users who visit your post in the future should use their own judgement (and voting) to corroborate choices or find ...


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This varies and depends on a number of circumstances. I'll reflect on a couple from personal experience: You're too slow to respond. The OP doesn't wait long enough for you to respond and asks a new follow-up question before you can get around smoothing out anything further to help. You forget. This happens, believe it or not. Some days/weeks are more ...


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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 circles include more esoteric subjects some people drawn to it and ask/answer questions. This is part of a general discussion of why we should or should not bother ...


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As per Paul Gaborit comment: Some people might prefer answering in comments, Refer why do people answer in comments for more reasons. Hence one can comment to the @person-who-suggested-correct-comment to convert his comment to answer and wait for a while. Incase of no response, post the comment as community wiki answer to remove from unanswered list As ...


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In the case at hand, you simply couldn't delete you answer unless the OP revoked his acceptance before. IMO, you also shouldn't delete it because it shows an alternative approach that may be useful for other users (who may face not quite the same, but a similar problem in the future). "Disciplining" yourself rather is a proper course of action if you and ...


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Definitely go for the one that was the most helpful to you. The faq say: When you have decided which answer is the most helpful to you, mark it as the accepted answer by clicking on the check box outline to the left of the answer. accept an answer http://cdn.sstatic.net/img/faq/faq-accept-answer.png This lets other people know that you have ...


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As https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/143432/163868 describes you can find them by searching. Use the search term hasaccepted:0 to only find questions with no accepted answer, answers:1 to only find questions with at least one answer and use user:me to only find posts by you, i.e. search for hasaccepted:0 answers:1 user:me You can also use a user id instead ...


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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. Let's consider utf8 or latin1 encoding - german. This question makes no sense for UTF-8 compilers Firstly there is a natural interpretation of this ...


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I suggest an option 3: Accept the answer that gave you the solution, and post your own answer. We have many questions here with multiple valid answers, that's desirable. If there are flaws in the answer you followed (rather than it just not going far enough) then use the comments (and possibly edit). Elsewhere on SE I've accepted the answer that led to ...


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Apparently I'm the only one noticing questions in the question. :) If the other person is not you, it gives him 15 reputation, and you 2 reputation. Otherwise, 0. As said above, you gain 2 reputation points. Additionally, if you don't have editing privileges, you'll have to suggest the edit, and if it is accepted it'll be another 2 rep for you. Reputation ...


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There are a number of ways this is dealt with on the site: We have a text building block for this kind of thing - typically used in comment to the OP: Since you have some responses below that seem to answer your question, please consider marking one of them as ‘Accepted’ by clicking on the tickmark below their vote count (see How do you accept an answer?)...


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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 be that if neither answer addresses your question in its entirety that you request more clarification or improvement from those who posted answers. If no answer ...


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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. The community attempts to guide the questioner if it is unclear through comments or sometimes answers. And answers are sometimes edited multiple times as the ...


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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 standard choice, there was no utf8 default for LaTeX and as Caramdir's answer says lualatex and xelatex were still "experimental"/in development. Given that context, ...


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If you really feel your answer does not deserve being listed first, you have only one option: Make the OP unaccept it and accept the other one. There is no other way how to make the accept answer not to show first. As another option, you can edit your answer and add a first bold line: I believe that the answer by Alan Munn is better then mine, and I ...


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Well, in general, we consider questions that are solved by a new version of a package to be off-topic. So theoretically, the question should be closed ;) However, I would say that it should stay open and changing the tick looks like a reasonable idea :)


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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 the answerer, but when there are two equally good answers, I think it is better to reward the user with the lowest reputation. It could be a way to make him/her ...


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You don't get notified per se that you have forgotten to give a tick and I wouldn't consider such passive-aggressive functionality good, there used to be Accept Rate with sort-of similar effect, but it has been removed in early 2013. However, the question appears in the list of question without the green box around the number: https://tex.stackexchange.com/...


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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 just forget (mostly because they're new, or also because they are not really interested in the community but just in a single question, then they'll fly away and ...


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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 easily (and quickly) understand. I don't know if being in a pinch necessarily says anything about their ambitions, though. However, on the subject of tone, ...


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