I'm actually kind of leaning towards keeping the status quo.
We don't have the volume of SO, and many of our questions are narrowly scoped enough that if an answer's outdated, so's the question (and someone can ask a question about a new version and refer to the old one if needed).
I also feel that unpinning the selected answer might be more not less ...
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I would actually make an argument somewhat different from that of Journeyman Geek.
The reason is simple: The question specifies a version of Acrobat Reader. It even did so back in April 2015 when it was originally posted.
An answer for a much later version that works differently from the version being asked about isn't an answer to the question that is ...
I would have preferred a selective unpinning by some rule that
takes into account the difference in the number of votes between
the accepted and the most upvoted answer.
Sometimes one can come upon an accepted answer with one upvote,
with another answer having several dozens of upvotes.
Clearly in such a case the accepted answer is not generally accepted,
Sorry, the only person who can affect the accepted state of the answer is the question author. If you believe an answer to be incorrect, you should downvote; that signals to other users (including the question author) that something is amiss. You have already commented, which is also a great thing to do because it explains to everyone involved why the answer ...
No, this is not possible.
It has been suggested that we allow others to mark accepted an answer on the questioner's behalf, but not likely to happen.
The accepted answer is the one chosen by the person asking as they feel it best solves their problem.
When sorting by votes, the accepted answer is promoted to the top, regardless of votes - unless it's a self-answer, in which case normal vote sort is used without promotion.
No change in sort order. Normally, accepted answers are “docked” under the question. This is not true for ...
I'll focus first on your question here and then on the question on the main site that prompted it.
Your question here asks if you need to prove an accepted answer works, and then paraphrases it to ask whether your question is unclear. Those actually are different questions.
No, you don't need to prove an answer works. You are free to ...
Well, the question does show a certain amount of lack of research, and the question as is is really poor quality.
I wouldn't count it as a good question. I'm not a fan of spoon feeding either, and this isn't one of those seemingly poor questions that somehow attracted an epic answer, its quite literally linux 101.
I'd be disinclined to reopen the ...
No - if a question is self answered, the (self) selected answer is not automatically on top. As such its by upvotes and in random order within answers of the same number of votes.
This is intended behaviour.
Which answer the questioner believes helps them understand the solution to their problem is completely up to them.
What you can do it post a better, more understandable and more complete answer and let OP and the community vote as they will.
Answers are for the community and OP, not for the answerer.
Just because another answer references older technology ...
What worked for you. Especially where it's a detailed, unique answer. Unless you feel another answer is awesome and you tested it.
It's not cool to copy/slightly modify an existing answer or worse "x's answer worked" as an answer but here, I see nothing wrong with picking your own.
I would have accepted the answer you did.
I really like that it quoted the different questions; that made it much easier to read. Speaking of different questions, asking so many different things in one post is frowned upon (and why your question was closed as too broad).
The accepted answer is to the point where appropriate (e.g. in response to #3) and ...
How do I accept an answer, and what are the rules?
To accept an answer, click the "check mark" button underneath the vote
Only one answer at a time can be the "accepted" answer.
There's a brief period (15 minutes) immediately after asking the question when you can't accept any answer.
You may change which answer ...
It is your decision whether or not to accept the answer:
Decide if the answer is helpful, and then...
Vote on it (if you have earned the appropriate voting privilege). Vote up answers that are helpful and well-researched, and vote down
answers that are not. Other users will also vote on answers to your
Accept it. As the asker, you ...
Yes, you can still accept it, and answers can still be voted on by
everyone. Other users can also vote on your question.
Only locking prevents these actions.
Source: Can an answer of a closed question be accepted? [duplicate]
I think it should be left the way it is. Barring that, I feel this should be a user selectable preference in their profile... but I generally feel the accepted answer should still have its place at the top of the pile of answers.
My reasoning for this is two-fold:
Accepted answers which were accurate and solved the OP's problem*1 should get special ...
The proposer of question who had experienced the issue would have tested the solution and would have been the working amongst them(Most effectively from askers frame). Answers which have been upvoted the most could be more effective from perspective of general audience but the sufferer knows the better solution.
Alternatively accepted answer could be at ...
As someone that sometimes ask and answer questions on this site, I haven't found pinning useful. When searching for solutions I usually have to read all answers because the pinned one is focused on a use case unrelated to the question asked, when I answer, I usually am the only answerer (and in the only case where I'm not I overscore the accepted one) and ...
Yes, this is possible (see @DavidPostill's answer) and moreover, it happens quite often. Here are over 2,500 cases where a Super User question was closed and an answer was accepted next day or even later.