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Apr 29 '20 at 9:59 comment added Stiv @SteveBennett Well, the name is up for grabs - 'amnesty' was just what came to mind when I initially wrote the post. What we call such an initiative may not matter too much overall (though I like 'accept-athon'...) :)
Apr 29 '20 at 9:50 comment added Steve Bennett No, I got that. I just don't think it really applies here, or it's a stretch. (What fear of retribution is there? Does anyone seriously worry that accepting an answer late is going to be worse than not doing it at all?) This feels more like a monthly check-giving drive, or an accept-athon or...something.
Apr 29 '20 at 9:18 comment added Stiv @SteveBennett In the UK at least, it is very common to use the word 'amnesty' to mean 'an opportunity to turn in [a weapon] without fear of retribution' - for example, a knife amnesty. Consider the phrase in this sense and a 'Checkmark Amnesty' becomes an opportunity for question-askers to turn in those checkmarks! :)
Apr 28 '20 at 10:28 comment added Steve Bennett I don't think "amnesty" is the right word here.
Apr 27 '20 at 17:15 comment added Brandon_J hmm...when will this question have an accepted answer? :P For the record, 57/58 of my questions here have a correct answer marked, and the fifty-eighth does not have a full answer (and frankly, it was not a puzzle of the highest quality, so I have little incentive to draw more attention to it).
Apr 24 '20 at 5:51 comment added Glorfindel @BeastlyGerbil I'm fairly proficient with SEDE (proof) and could help with this; here is a query which lists some candidate questions.
Apr 24 '20 at 5:44 answer Glorfindel timeline score: 8
Apr 22 '20 at 15:16 comment added Beastly Gerbil Maybe someone who knows how to write code could use the sites data explorer to write a query to count how many questions have no accepted answer, asked by a user with less than 200 rep, and an answer with a positive score or something. It could then be reversed to compare the rough numbers
Apr 22 '20 at 15:07 comment added Stiv @BeastlyGerbil Thanks for your comments. Absolutely - there are many valid reasons why a checkmark might not be given (I couldn't list them all in my post!). However, there are also a substantial number of questions where the checkmark 'just hasn't been awarded' and probably should have been, and the reason why may fall into another (maybe less 'legitimate'?) category altogether (e.g. negligence, forgetfulness and apathy). It's those cases that I think we need the amnesty for - the ones people have forgotten to go back to and are just lying open unnecessarily.
Apr 22 '20 at 14:41 comment added Beastly Gerbil b) (a bit rarer) sometimes there are multiple solvers, but no single full correct answer. For more long and complicated puzles, many may put some input in, and you end up with many answers. Here I tend to either award it to the person who had done the most, given their answer is now complete, or create a community wiki to give the tick to. These are just a couple of problems I can see regarding why there might not be a tick, I'm not sure how much can be done however.
Apr 22 '20 at 14:41 comment added Beastly Gerbil I can think of a couple of reasons here for no checkmarks: a) (and probably the more common problem here) there are a lot of unchecked questions where, as the previous post says, a new user has a problem they want/need solving, but don't intend to join the site. Once they get their answer, they don't necessarily know how the site works, or may not have even logged back in, they may just leave without awarding a check, I'm sure a lot of people have experienced this. There's nothing anyone can do about this, and it will probably always happen as long as this site exists. Part two....
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