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I am unable to accept my own answer from . The accept button is missing. Is this normal? I'd like to raise my accept rate :)

asked 29 Aug '11, 10:50

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accept rate: 25%

closed 30 Aug '11, 10:38

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Richard ♦

There is the associated OSQA issue: but it seems that this was already fixed and is now configurable:

I'd like to see this option enabled on Support this if you feel the same! :-)

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answered 30 Aug '11, 14:27

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accept rate: 25%


At the time this question was asked there was no way to "accept own answer", but now if you say "here's what I did to fix it" a moderator will probably come along and accept your answer to your own question on your behalf :)

(21 Jul '16, 15:54) SomeoneElse ♦

An example of last comment, where i already had an answer, which i hoped may be of useful to others. SomeoneElse "accepted" it for me.

(23 Jul '16, 14:12) andy mackey

If you could accept your own answer you could cheet the system by asking a bunch of silly questions and answer them yourself. Therefore accepting your own answer is not possible.

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answered 29 Aug '11, 11:11

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accept rate: 16%


Is this really a problem? If the questions and/or answers are really silly they will be closed pretty fast. But if the question and the answer are useful why not allow accepting your own answer? Other similar sites allow this, for some reason.

(30 Aug '11, 08:25) Flow

If the person who asked gives the best answer, it should be marked as accepted. And there are easier ways to gain reputation than answering useless questions with useless answers...

(30 Aug '11, 09:46) LM_1

I've found (on stack overflow) occasionally nobody provides the answer to the question. Forcing me to find the answer elsewhere. For example one of my apps has a bug that I can't find. I asked on stack overflow more than a month ago, and even with a 250 point bounty nobody was able to answer it.

I need to fix the bug, so will have to find the answer somewhere. When I do, I intend to answer my own question and flag it accepted.

It doesn't matter who answers the question, only that it gets answered. The point is to create an archive of answered questions, so in future people can find them.

(10 Jan '12, 18:39) Abhi Beckert

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