I am a new user and I have already answered 19 questions. What annoys me is that in most cases the person who has asked the question does not revert back to accept an answer. I am pretty sure that if not all, most of my answers were pretty helpful. This is most relevant especially in cases where only I answered the question. Shouldn't this be monitored?

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    $\begingroup$ It's disappointing, but it happens. I don't believe that there is anything anyone can do about it, outside of posting a comment that reminds the OP about accepting and answer (providing the link might be useful too). $\endgroup$
    – Kyle Kanos
    Mar 30, 2014 at 17:06

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It is monitored, sort of. The community tends to self-police (at least on other SE sites, I haven't seen it too often here but I could just be missing it). In other words, person A asks a question and somebody comes along and leaves a comment "Hey, I would like to answer your question but you have a history of leaving answers unaccepted. If you accept answers on other questions, somebody might be more interested in answering this one."

In other words, if somebody consistently doesn't accept an answer, then stop answering their questions (and if you post a friendly suggestion as a comment, others may stop answering also). And the person may correct their behavior and accept good answers.

You can also post a comment like Kyle suggested. Just be polite while posting the reminder. Assume the user is just a beginner who is unaware of how the site works rather than the user is lazy or abusive and maliciously leaves things unaccepted.

It's sometimes easy to identify questioners unlikely to accept an answer. Do they have many unaccepted questions? Are their questions homework? Do they answer other peoples' questions? There's probably a lot more clues than that to figure it out.

So -- if you find yourself consistently getting burned by answering questions that never have any answers accepted, consider changing which questions you answer. Of course, that's if it bothers you at all. Maybe you're just happy to contribute to increasing knowledge for others who visit the question. Then it shouldn't matter whether it is accepted or not. All that matters is the usefulness of the answer.

  • $\begingroup$ You have a good solution, but it's still a lot of work to keep checking every user I guess. I am not very happy with the community in general also. So many helpful answers are not even upvoted once(yes, some of mine too). Stackoverflow is pretty awesome when it comes to these things. $\endgroup$
    – user42733
    Mar 30, 2014 at 18:56
  • $\begingroup$ @parthvader Re workload: It depends on how happy/unhappy you are if your answers are accepted whether it's worth it or not. I don't really care all that much so I don't do any work to investigate history. But part of being a community would be to leave a note if there is a history of it so you save the next guy who comes along the work. $\endgroup$
    – tpg2114
    Mar 30, 2014 at 18:57
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    $\begingroup$ Re upvotes: Comparing us to SO is really unfair. There is a huge difference in the size of the community so that even relatively esoteric questions/answers on SO will draw dozens to hundreds of people who may vote. Here, particularly as questions become more specific/obscure/advanced, there might be < 5 people who are experts enough to vote on something. $\endgroup$
    – tpg2114
    Mar 30, 2014 at 18:58
  • $\begingroup$ Yes I understand that the reason for that is obviously the size of SO. I was just saying that it should be how it is there. $\endgroup$
    – user42733
    Mar 30, 2014 at 19:01
  • $\begingroup$ ... so you're saying we should be a huge site like SO? (Just wondering.) $\endgroup$ Mar 31, 2014 at 9:20
  • $\begingroup$ We can't control that, but yeah, why not? $\endgroup$
    – user42733
    Mar 31, 2014 at 13:03
  • $\begingroup$ There is another angle I think - in physics (and chemistry) it seems that many ask, but few answer. The many asking may not fully grasp what accepting an answer means, since they don't answer any. In the SO site, I think that more people both ask and answer questions, since they have tips and tricks to share about how to actually get some chunk of code to work. That way more people know about acceptance. It took me a while to figure it all out... $\endgroup$
    – Jon Custer
    Aug 6, 2014 at 17:32

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