In addition to Top Questions without accepted answer.

How to get a question marked as answered when the questioner doesn't? Can a moderator do this? Can it be voted for? I realize sometimes it's difficult to judge about certain subjects without the proper knowledge and you cannot always fully rely on up-votes only.

But on a QA site, nothing is more annoying if a question is highly answered, sometimes even with many up-voted answers and obviously also the correct answer. Still they seem to stay officially "unanswered".

For example, why can't a user loose reputation points for example when a question is unanswered for a month and the questioner seems inactive (about that specific question, or in general)?

It annoys me that I'm looking on my profile for the questions I asked and the answers I gave, and I see unanswered questions, that are open for a long time but that are actually answered. If the question is actually unanswered, not answered correctly, it's a recent question, or it's just not decided yet than it's obviously completely fine when it is unanswered.

  • As an aside, why do you have so many of your questions that have answers, but you haven't accepted any yet? – Rory Alsop Jun 23 '16 at 16:06
  • @RoryAlsop obviously because they are asked recently or I considered them not answered completely yet. I check that lists everyday. :) – Bob Ortiz Jun 23 '16 at 16:07
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    Extrapolate across - the answers you have left on questions may not be complete answers in the OP's opinion as well... – Rory Alsop Jun 23 '16 at 16:08
  • @RoryAlsop touché – Bob Ortiz Jun 23 '16 at 16:10
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    I'm wondering it StackExchanges sends an email reminder after some time to new members who have asked a question which received answers but none is selected. It could be useful for people who come here with a precise question in mind, ask it, get their answer, and just do not know about the rest. Recently I just learned to a new member that he could upvote several answers, he was just unaware of that fact. – WhiteWinterWolf Jun 24 '16 at 11:35
  • FYI, Off-topic: some of your editing activity is discussed here. – S.L. Barth Jun 24 '16 at 17:12
  • @S.L.Barth, Thanks, I will check it out. – Bob Ortiz Jun 24 '16 at 17:20

It just means "accepted answer". That's a decision the OP gets to make.

MY annoyance is when the OP accepts an obviously wrong answer that is also downvoted heavily by the community, simply because the Answerer shares a common belief or prejudice as the OP.

But that's just how StackExchange works. The questions have been answered, they just need to be accepted by the OP.

  • So should I flag it and ask a moderator to accept an answer? – Bob Ortiz Jun 23 '16 at 15:44
  • Nope - there is no method to do that. Only the OP can accept an answer. – schroeder Jun 23 '16 at 15:46
  • WHY??? Don't drop your answer! – schroeder Jun 23 '16 at 15:47
  • What impact does having unaccepted answers have on your profile? Your answers are a value to the community, not solely to you. – schroeder Jun 23 '16 at 15:48
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    Green looks better than white in a list. Maybe I'll try to ping the OP somehow by making a comment with his name in it. – Bob Ortiz Jun 23 '16 at 15:49
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    Or do you prefer to have all your answers shown as green on your profile? – schroeder Jun 23 '16 at 15:49
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    @EvanderConsus Please do not delete your answers. Mods will come through and undelete them. Your answers are for the benefit of the community. – schroeder Jun 23 '16 at 15:51
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    removing your answer actually hinders the community - removal of it is definitely not a good thing! That is much worse than the minor annoyance of a drive-by questioner not marking an answer as accepted – Rory Alsop Jun 23 '16 at 15:51
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    What looks good on your profile is your reputation. That's what the community as a whole thinks of all your submissions, whether accepted or not. Work on your rep and work on providing good content. – schroeder Jun 23 '16 at 15:54
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    Ok, I won't delete my answers. – Bob Ortiz Jun 23 '16 at 16:08
  • @schroeder security.stackexchange.com/questions/92574/…. Not that my answer here is of much value. But the community answered the question clearly and it's a year old post. – Bob Ortiz Jun 24 '16 at 7:46
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    @EvanderConsus: Don't forget to click on the "Show more comments" button, you will see the OP claims below each answer that it does not fully answer his question. You may not agree, but this the OP point-of-view! – WhiteWinterWolf Jun 24 '16 at 11:40

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