3

In a question I came across, the accepted answer is a good answer. However, a later answer (later by only 2 hours) is a better answer to the question.

Is there a way to change the accepted answer? (Note, not my question) Or should I just vote the most correct answer up?

  • 2
    If you mouseover the check mark, you'll see that "The question owner accepted this as the best answer". Unless you're the question owner, there's nothing you can do about it. Just something you need to know about the checkmarks, they can seem to be assigned arbitrary and even to answers not actually answering the stated question... – Daniel Beck Oct 2 '12 at 11:47
5

No one but the original poster can change the accepted answer, remember that answers get ordered by votes(by default) so an answer with more votes will be displayed first

Actually, when sorting by votes, accepted answers go first, then the rest in descending score order (with random order when two answers have the same score). Example

Thanks to DB for the clarification.

  • I figured I couldn't actually change the answer, but perhaps a way to influence the answer other than voting. Guess not :o – Mike Christiansen Oct 2 '12 at 8:13
  • 4
    Commenting to why the other answer is 'better' is good too – Journeyman Geek Oct 2 '12 at 10:59
  • Actually, when sorting by votes, accepted answers go first, then the rest in descending score order (with random order when two answers have the same score). Example. – Daniel Beck Oct 2 '12 at 14:14
  • 3
    ...unless the Accepted answer author is also the Question author. – ale Oct 2 '12 at 16:55
  • Well that seems like strange behaviour. I would have assumed that sorting answers by votes would put the highest voted answer first, no? Regardless of whom wrote the answer, I think that this behaviour should possibly be changed (i.e. put highest voted answer first, then accepted answer, then remaining highest voted answers). – Breakthrough Oct 2 '12 at 18:55

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .