17

It's because the user accepted their own answer. From the relevant meta FAQ post: If you accept [...] your own answer: There is no reputation awarded and the answer does not float to the top of the list.


16

Only the user who asked a question can accept an answer. A "community-accepted" feature is not currently planned. If you believe the accepted answer is low quality, simply downvote it like you would any other answer.


14

Yes, absolutely yes. So much yes. On Puzzling specifically, due to the nature of our site and the fact that bestowing a checkmark is an implicit message of "this is my puzzle's intended answer and/or the most high-quality solution path" from the original poster, it is my opinion that accepted answers should stay pinned to the top, to most clearly ...


10

Let's look at some real examples from PSE. (Note: Potential spoilers ahead!) Ghotiy spelling (score of accepted answer currently +39, top answer +173) This is our most "extreme" example at the moment in terms of score difference between accepted and top answer. Here the top answer reads more like a "joke" answer, as the same method would ...


10

Each puzzle-creator is entitled to choose the answer they see fit. Over time, there will in general be a most common style or school-of-thought, but we try to avoid setting hard and fast rules for things like this because most of us can go either way based on the actual puzzle and answer combination. In your example, the shorter response is just fine, and ...


8

You choose whichever answer you think most deserves the glorious green checkmark. You can use whatever criteria you find appropriate. First to answer anything. First to answer everything. First to answer whatever was answered last. (On the grounds that presumably that was hardest.) Clearest answer. Cleverest answer. Unless you're doing something 100% ...


7

To quote @JoeZ. "I'm sorry; this is a bad question given the answer you've accepted as correct". As the community cannot change the accepted answer, the question is as much of the issue as the answer and both deserve similar voting consideration.


6

If the solutions are distinctly different, I see no problem with posting a second answer. Sometimes there are just more ways to do something. Also, this gives users the option to vote on their preferred solution; with one answer containing both solutions, they can't state their preference by voting alone.


5

In my opinion, no, Mods should not have the ability to accept an answer. Moderators are not expected—and in fact not supposed—to act as arbiters of the correctness of answers to questions, let alone determining which is the "best" answer. While it's an answer to a different question, Robert Cartaino♦ (Director of Community Development for the Stack ...


5

No rules, it's up to the puzzle author. However, more importantly Does it really matter? If you're coming to this site to fight to be reputation high-score leader, then you've probably totally missed the point. It is not the leader of the reputation-points league table who automatically becomes the most-respected/accepted member of this community, and ...


5

There's often a rush to be the first to answer, precisely because the trend seems to be that the first correct answer usually gets the checkmark. What I've seen quite a few times, is that Person A will discover the answer, and post a substandard-but-correct answer as quickly as possible, so that they get the "first" timestamp (much like your example above). ...


4

Nothing. There is nothing to be done, or should be done, this site is not centered around the community judging the validity of questions and/or answers, it's purpose is for people to ask a question, receive answers and then, themselves, choose the one, which they feel is the right one. In most other subsites of the exchange that works well, although I, ...


4

The primary goal for accepting an answer isn't to give reputation to the person who deserves it most by putting in the most effort, but rather it is about marking the answer that you think best answers the question. Don't think of it as rewarding the answerer, but rather letting everyone know this is the answer you were looking for so that other users know ...


3

IMHO the checkmark is clear enough to indicate that the answer is correct, even though it's posed in the way you describe. There's no need to bump the thread by making a minor edit.


3

Self-answers can only be accepted 2 days after the question is posted. You posted your question at 2015-02-28 13:57:02Z, and the self-answer at 2015-03-01 07:42:14Z, which was approximately 17.75 hours after the question was posted. Hence, you had 30.25 hours left to wait, which was "rounded" and displayed as one day.


2

Accept an answer when it is obvious that it is the first fully correct answer If an answer is (from your point of view) obviously fully correct, you should accept the first such answer (showing that this is the answer that solved your problem). There's no reason to wait, as there's no potential for the accept to change (and people who are looking for ...


2

Is there a way to differentiate answers that are googled verses derived? If so I would suggest you award the answer which provides the best explanation as to how the answer if found. I believe you should reward the best answer, not necessarily the people you feel put more work into their answer. Solving the problem alone, however, does not make it a good ...


1

While it would be nice for the OP to provide the correct answer if no one else is able to, there are a few reasons why that might not happen: The OP doesn't know the answer. Sometimes people post puzzles in the hopes of getting help with the solution, and may not know the answer themselves. The OP is still hopeful that someone might solve it. There have ...


Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible