For some time we have had an unofficial policy that we recommend users wait 24-48 hours before selecting a best answer. This unofficial policy has been transmitted through comments, usually haphazardly, and often only when an experienced user's answer is selected as a best answer and they're good enough to thank the OP for their generosity, but recommend they deselect and wait.
During the last week I've seen a perceptibly high percentage of young users selecting best answers within a couple of hours (or less) of asking their question.
It is desirable to wait 24-48 hours because Worldbuilding.SE has users all over the world (some of which work for a living 😁) and selecting a best answer so quickly can (and often does) lead to fewer answers, meaning the OP is selecting an answer that "works for them" but not necessarily the best answer that could have been given — due to simple impatience.
Selecting a best answer so quickly usually means the OP is asking solely from the perspective of getting immediate satisfaction for an individual problem rather than expressing their question (and waiting for answers) with the intention of participating as a member of the community, which would lead to questions and answers that benefit others in the future. It is in the best interests of the community and the Stack that we encourage people to become members of the community and not simply use the service as a quick-fix to (e.g.) writer's block.
I am submitting for review by the community a recommendation that we have a statement included in on-topic section of the Help Center that says the following:
It is recommended that, rather than quickly selecting an answer that's "good enough," users submitting questions wait 24-48 hours before selecting a best answer to allow our world-spanning community a chance to share invaluable experience and creativity.
Yes, it's a bit flowery, but it's also meant to be motivating.
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