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Do we want accepted answers to be pinned to the top?

On Physics SE the best answer is selected by the community. That, IMO, means the answer with the most votes. It is the answer of most use to the community and hence to Physics SE going forward. For ...
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Do we want accepted answers to be pinned to the top?

Well, we already have an against pinning to the top answer, so I'll do for pinning to the top. I personally like the idea of having some control over the ordering of answers in my questions. I can ...
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Which of several disagreeing answers to accept?

It isn't compulsory to accept an answer. If you feel that neither answer is acceptable then do not accept either of them. If you haven't received an answer that satisfies you then placing a bounty is ...
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Chosen answers with many negative votes

Part of the problem is that we are not always sympathetic to questions from the less experienced physics fans. In this case the question had attracted two downvotes and no answers by the time I added ...
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Which answer should we accept if multiple answers address the question?

Accept the answer you find most helpful. It's your question, and the only criterion you need is how helpful you found the answer. It's not uncommon that someone will post an answer then someone else ...
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Do we want accepted answers to be pinned to the top?

Just to give some voice to the data: Nihar Karve created (and I helped refine) a SEDE query, Questions with accepted answer pinned above highest scoring answer which lists the threads affected by ...
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My answer got me -15 points! Why?

The user accepted your answer on Jan 1 at 22:15 (UK time), giving you +15 points, then today they changed their mind and unaccepted the answer so you got a -15 point reversal. Overall your net rep ...
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What differently can I do to be helpful to the community by answering?

I don't have the time to go look at your answers, but this happens all of the time. Sometimes posters of questions are here for a quick answer. Once they see something they like they don't up vote or ...
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Do we want accepted answers to be pinned to the top?

Personally I find the accepted answers to be more often helpful than the most upvoted question. I think this is true often because the person who asked the question is often the person with the most ...
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Change accepted answer of my question if a better one appears

Well, technically you're allowed to accept any answer to your question that you want, and to change which answer is accepted as often as the system allows you to. If you want to be a "good Stack ...
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Should I prefer the most up-voted answer or the accepted answer?

I would personally suggest using the most upvoted answer, when compared to a negatively scored accepted answer. That is because the "Accepted Answer" only reflects what the person asking the question ...
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Sudden appearance of a -15 reputation loss on one of my old answers

Your answer got unaccepted by OP.
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What to do when you have multiple good answers?

If you feel like two (or more!) answers deserve recognition, but you have only one green checkmark, you could reward the others with a bounty.
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What differently can I do to be helpful to the community by answering?

I've looked through all your zero-score answers, and the thing that I noticed first of all was not the quality of your answers: instead it's the quality of the questions. Notice how a sizable portion ...
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A "Requires Expertise" Notice?

Note that one of the bounty reasons is Authoritative reference needed Looking for an answer drawing from credible and/or official sources. I've always interpreted such bounties as evidence ...
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Do we want accepted answers to be pinned to the top?

In my mind, the most upvoted answer should appear at the top. If this is not the accepted answer, the accepted answer should come in second. At worse, this will encourage users (including the OP) to ...
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Should we keep a list of wrong top/accepted answers?

I really don't think this is a good idea. For starters, we already have a system established for determining which answers are good and bad. It's the voting system. If wrong posts are gaining more ...
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A "Requires Expertise" Notice?

Every post on our site requires a certain level expertise to evaluate. Sometimes that expertise is having completed primary school, sometimes it is having a dim recollection of high school physics, ...
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Chosen answers with many negative votes

The answer which is "accepted" by the OP is merely that - the answer which the OP most approves of at the time. It is not intended to be the "best answer" and there is no guarantee ...
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How to delete a wrong answer after it has been accepted?

No, this is not an acceptable way of dealing with the situation. Specifically, you shouldn't delete the original text of your answer. The best thing to do, if you can, is to edit the answer to make ...
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Why am I being downvoted in various posts?

I'd preface this by saying that I don't see a particular reason why you got those downvotes all on the same day. The answers, at a glance, seem OK. Maybe a moderator or admin could have a look to ...
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Do we want accepted answers to be pinned to the top?

Suggestion 1: Why not present the answers in a random order? It seems to me that the arguments in favor of pinning to the top the accepted answer or the most upvoted answer are essentially a question ...
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Which answer should we accept if multiple answers address the question?

Which answer should we accept if multiple answers address the question? The one that you think is the best. How you decide that is up to you. Should it be the one that was posted first (first ...
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Should we keep a list of wrong top/accepted answers?

I'm no specialist on what new-comers usually do and I can only speak for myself, but when I first came to this site, I was first magnetised by the list of highest voted answers and questions, not the ...
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Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible