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No, please do not do this. The system already has processes in place to prompt the user to accept an answer when warranted, so please don't prod user further to accept answers. While well intentioned, all these "gentle reminders" sprinkled throughout the comments everywhere starts to look somewhat harassing to new users — so I would ask you not to do ...


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Accepted answers are like car dealership stickers Personally, I hate leaving one of my questions without an accepted answer. But that's me. Neither I nor you owe anybody anything. In fact, if you think about it, what's the point of telling people which answer suited your needs? At best, it makes everyone else feel bad. At worst, it might suggest that ...


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I wrote a post recently talking about the nature of what needs to and what doesn't need to be tagged, and that kinda ties all this droning I've written below. Magic... technology... what constitutes these terms is defined by the world in question, which makes them poor at their base level for tags. If you are looking for high science material, you don't want ...


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I would propose a minimum of two days at this time. Simply so people have a chance to look over the questions, though it is also worth noting that this SE does tend to require more research into answers and looking at the ones we have, there are a lot of full and detailed posts.


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It's okay to do this, and some people do, from time to time, but I think etiquette dictates that you do a couple things if you end up going down that route: Carefully attribute all ideas in the answer to the person who came up with them, mentioning their username and linking to their answer. Make the answer Community wiki, partly so you don't gain rep from ...


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You're under no obligation to accept an answer if you're not sure. While it seems conventional to accept the highest voted answer, it's entirely up to you how you approach the situation. You can choose any answer or none as you deem it the best solution to your problem. As a stack we have quite a low rate of accepted answers, and not accepting one if you're ...


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I’d edit that down: Consider waiting 24-48 hours before selecting the best answer to allow our world-spanning community a chance to contribute. Short and to the point. Doesn’t judge those who disagree. Makes the case nicely.


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Generally speaking, if your respondents are only answering a "part of" your query, it's very likely that you are either asking too many questions or else your question has too many moving parts and is thus too broad. I can see how this now places you in a bit of a sticky situation! Frankly, if it were me, I'd just not award a green check mark at all. You ...


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James said simply pick the best answer. Which is true in a way, but doesn't really help in deciding which answer is "best". Note that the help center article on what accepting an answer means states (in part, my emphasis): Accepting an answer is not meant to be a definitive and final statement indicating that the question has now been answered perfectly. ...


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This has been requested more than a few times since the early years of Stack Exchange. Part of the reason it keeps getting brought up again is that more SE sites deal with topics where there's more than one solution to any given problem; Worldbuilding Stack Exchange is one of these sites. Therefore, sometimes two answers can be similarly helpful. The ...


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While every Stack Exchange site has its own distinct differences, Worldbuilding is “more different” in some ways. Rather than being an answer to a need for some task you are trying to accomplish, here we often have a showcase of different creative answers. If you have a real-life need like a programming or software usage issue, once you have an answer that ...


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I'll add my opinion to apaul34208's that this doesn't solve any real problem, and particularly not one that justifies such a fairly drastic change. Code change complexity aside, moving a feature that has so far been available to everyone to be available only at a relatively high reputation level is a pretty drastic change, and it would leave newcomers with ...


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In the end, how to handle the situation is up to you. There are multiple ways to do it, but I can see two main options here. Posting a community wiki answer yourself and accepting that is a possible way of documenting the parts of the posted answers that you went with, but since community wiki answers float only based on community votes, lots of people ...


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Accepting an answer is not mandatory. Also, accepting an answer indicates to the community that you feel the question has been answered to your satisfaction. Hence, to answer your subquestions: accepting an answer just because it came first means you reduce the likelihood of getting further answers from other users. That might be okay, and is really up to ...


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I agree entirely, also the site is very active because it's very new - I have no doubt it will slow a little, that will need some patience. One of the criteria for having a site progress is a reasonable number of answers per question. If we accept answers too early then people will be discouraged from answering questions which already have some responses. ...


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Like Falling in Love: There are rewards for giving the most clever answer, and there are rewards for giving the OP exactly what they really want. It's kind of like having the choice between a perfect guy who's funny, charming, and rich - or the one you actually fall in love with (but who might be short, bald, and have a terrible mother). Voting selects the &...


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The acceptance mark is an indicator of what helped you, the person who asked the question, the most. On some sites you can test answers (compile the code, etc) and that can help you choose, but that doesn't work so well on Worldbuilding. Most users, I think, are guided by the community voting, but you aren't required to go by voting. If the community ...


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You could always post a bounty asking for a canonical answer, maybe someone would take the time to compile the best parts from each of the answers. Just mention in your bounty posting that is what you are looking for.


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You simply need to select the one that Best answers your question. Look for completeness and accuracy. If you find that the answers are quite different and yet equally valuable its probably a good sign that you could have narrowed down your question a bit more before asking. Which is something to keep in mind for the next question you ask.


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Terrible idea, what you would end up with is a bunch of questions with no accepted answer. You can't coerce the OP into doing things, he/she is here for their own needs and possibly just transient in any case.


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I don't think there's any readily available data on this, but it'd almost certainly be possible to use SEDE (Stack Exchange Data Explorer) to gather statistics on how many answers, or how large a percentage of answers, are given within some given time frame of asking the question. Net voting statistics are there too, so could be factored in if desired. I'm ...


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HDE pretty much covers the relevant information regarding the topic. No, and its not likely to ever happen. That said there is a way to show appreciation for other answers that help you out. BOUNTIES! :) Bounties are a great way to give some reputation to an answer that was really good/helpful but didn't quite get to be the 'selected' answer. Bounties ...


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I had this happen on a recent question of mine. I'm new to this community so I can't speak to what the norms are, but there are more ways to reward people than with rep. What I chose: acknowledgement and thanks. I added a section at the end of my question thanking everyone for their wide variety of answers, and compiled a list of ones that were helpful to ...


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Another option is that you can accept one and award a bounty to all those you deem worthy. One of the reasons for starting a bounty is precisely to reward an existing answer.


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You said all of this in what is luckily the first comment on, coincidentally, the highest voted answer. I'd accept that one. What would have made it perfect, would've been mentioning by name, whose other answer it was in that comment. Ideally with an inline link. I hate when users add an edit to their own question to include "their answer". But in this case ...


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In general you should try to wait at least 24 hours as a lower bound before accepting an answer - there is no upper bound and it's completely your choice; I personally go with ~1 week There are many regulars on WorldBuilding.SE living all around the globe in different timezones. To give everyone a chance to look at your question you should at least wait 24 ...


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My take on "Technology" and "Magic" is this: Technology (or science) is knowable. Each item of technology can be derived from known principles and/or materials. The only art involved in technology is in its design, not its function. Magic is unknowable. Magic cannot be derived back to a known principle; if such is attempted one will inevitably reach an ...


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