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I looked at the data a bit using this SEDE query. There are 704 questions where the accepted answer is outscored by another answer. In 486 questions the difference in score between the accepted answer and the highest scoring answer is at least 3. Of those questions where the accepted answer is outscored, in 28 cases the accepted answer has a negative score. ...


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Even though you can always change your accepted answer at any time, most people read an "accepted answer" as a signal that you're satisfied with that answer and aren't really looking for anything else. Therefore, people are generally less likely to take the time to write an answer to a question that already has an accepted answer. By accepting an answer ...


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I like the idea of going by score only as for the most part the accepted answer will have the highest score. However there will be times when an answer is accepted because it was what the OP wanted to hear even if it might not be a good answer.


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This problem is as old as Stack Exchange, I guess. In the end the question author has sole authority to decide which answer to accept. We can not override their decision, except by removing the answer altogether. What you can do is: Post a comment on the question where you express your concerns about their choice of accepted answer. Hope they reconsider. ...


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As far as I know, there are no specific rules on this, but it's generally seen as sensible to wait for 24 hours on any stack so that people from all time zones have an equal chance to chip in, and aren't discouraged from giving their perspective. That said, it really is a personal choice.


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I feel like there should be ('should' is a funny word) a hybrid model here which weights the accepted answer as higher scoring than it's actual votes, but does not automatically pin that response. For the reasons discussed, bias and low quality can appear in both accepted and high-scoring responses. SE's model is a little optimistic about human interaction, ...


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There's no hard-and-fast rule,1 but I've always found that 48 hours, at a minimum, is a good length of time to wait before accepting an answer. This is for two reasons: Politics.SE (like any *.SE) has users from all over the world, and, more specifically, from time zones all over the world. Waiting 48 hours before accepting an answer gives users from ...


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There's actually a gold badge for this: Populist, where your question gets way more upvotes than the accepted answer. You're not going to get away from it, sadly. Accepted answers are, by definition, solely within the purview of the OP, and indicate the approval of the OP as answering their question, biases and all. An accepted answer does not necessarily ...


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I have a problem with this specific meta question because it seems to suggest that there are people who are not biased or viewpoints which are not biased. I don't think such people or viewpoints can exist for political questions. I think what you really mean are people who are asking rhetorical questions because they already know the answer. Those people ...


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I'm not sure that unpinning is really needed here. Answers on politics rarely become "outdated" like they do on SO and the other technical sites, especially not on the same time scales. Yes, there are lots of cases where there are answers with more votes than the accepted answer, but I don't think that's actually evidence of needing unpinning, but ...


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The accepted answer problem is very old and hard to tackle even for sites where "bias" is not that strong such as in Politics.SE (e.g. StackOverflow). This meta question deals with why the accepted answer is on top by default, regardless of its quality. Cannot find one example now, but I saw an accepted answer with score -20 on SO simply because that answer ...


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>1,000 words: (xkcd.com) An "Accept" does not deter new answers, contrary to what is believed. There was/is even a hat for it in Winter Bash (answering after an accepted answer, and your answer gets accepted). I think the help center sums it up nicely: Accepting an answer is not meant to be a definitive and final statement indicating that the question ...


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This could actually be solved soon as they are looking to unpin the accepted answer and sort by question score as the default which would put a bad accepted answer lower in the ranking. Should accepted answers still be pinned to the top of the list of answers?


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