A few stats:

In other words, even when I answer a question where I think I might be the absolutely right one to give the optimal answer, I have a ~0.45 chance of not getting accepted afterwards; if i consider I might not be the only one to answer: that number gets even worse.

I've spent a couple of minutes pasting

friendly reminder: please accept an answer or clarify what is not satisfactory about the answers you've gotten. This site stops working if askers don't give feedback!!

as comment to questions that have gotten positive-upvote-count answers.

I'd really like to encourage especially new users to give answers, but with as few users as we have, the reward of answering something is really small, and the +15 from an accepted answer makes a hell of a difference.

So, is there a better way to encourage people to accept or discuss answers?

  • $\begingroup$ Acceptances are a good thing but don't forget that they are not meant to be obligatory. (ref 1, ref 2) $\endgroup$ – Kevin Reid AG6YO Apr 16 '17 at 0:58
  • $\begingroup$ Totally agree, op should only accept an answer if it it answered their question! But: most of the answerers here are enthusiasts, so the chance of getting an unacceptable answer should be slim! $\endgroup$ – Marcus Müller Apr 16 '17 at 9:29
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    $\begingroup$ Perhaps we should be thinking about the problem as "not enough following up" rather than "not enough accepts"? I don't think we often see e.g. someone commenting thank-you but not accepting. $\endgroup$ – Kevin Reid AG6YO Apr 16 '17 at 14:58
  • $\begingroup$ @KevinReidAG6YO yes, that sounds like a solid approach. added it as a (potential) answer! $\endgroup$ – Marcus Müller Apr 16 '17 at 15:17

Kevin suggested that we look at the problem as:

"not enough following up" rather than "not enough accepts"?

That's an interesting thought. Maybe we should develop a habit of ending answers with

Hope that helped. In any case, please don't forget to tell us how it went!

or so.

(this is just one of many possible approaches to the accept problem. Figured we might want to collect those as answers!)

  • $\begingroup$ That specific proposal sounds like a recipe for getting thanks-comments instead of accepts. $\endgroup$ – Kevin Reid AG6YO Apr 16 '17 at 15:19
  • $\begingroup$ well, I'm all open for suggestions :) Please edit my answer if you have a better wording! $\endgroup$ – Marcus Müller Apr 16 '17 at 15:21

I’ve just started out on HAM and I’m looking forward to benefiting from participating on this site.

Over on DBA.SE where I am a 8k rep user, we have similar issues. There have been Meta Q&A’s regarding enforcing answers and the likes.

Bottom-line is:

It will work out in the end.


Enforcing acceptance of answers could back-fire for non-answers being (forcefully?) turned into answers.

Seeing as this site is very young I can only give the following advice:

Be patient with our young community


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