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  • Whenever I browse the TechNet Forums I'm (obviously) looking for the "Accepted Answer".

    However, experience of the last year shows: 90% of them are just useless.

    - Whenever the TC does not answer, a moderator proposes an answer "as Solution"
    - few weeks later this is the "accepted answer" - even if it was just a "I-would-recommend" or "have-you-tried" post.

    I think this totally kills the idea of marking an answer as "correct / accepted".

    I understand, that it looks better to have an accepted answer on "every" question - but if almost none of the "accepted answers" is of any value, it's worth nothing.

    So - my proposal - leave the decision about an accepted answer up to the OP. If he doesn't respond, leave the question "unanswered".

    This would INCREASE the quality of the TechNet-Forums. (Compare to Stack-Overflow, where EVERY accepted answer is selected by the OP and therefore REALLY solves the actual Problem rather than beeing some "bla-bla"-Answer with a skyrocketing amount of upvotes that sounds legit.)

    ps.: Posting this, because:

    - I posted 23 Questions
    - 16 have an answer marked as "accepted answer"
    - only a few of the "accepted answers" actually solved My Problem.

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    So, just from a users Point of view:

    - 2 questions with accepted answers on ServerFault? Great, there are two Options!!!
    - 16 questions with accepted answers on TechNet? Let's see, maybe one works...

    cheers,
    dognose













    • Edited by dognose Tuesday, October 13, 2015 7:58 PM
    Tuesday, October 13, 2015 7:32 PM

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  • For your own questions you always have an option to unmark the answer that doesn't really solve the problem and add more information. In the Transact-SQL forum where I'm frequent I do not see the problem you're describing. In 90% of the cases the marked answer is indeed the answer.

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    Tuesday, October 13, 2015 10:44 PM
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  • Hello,

    (Compare to Stack-Overflow, where EVERY accepted answer is selected by the OP and therefore REALLY solves the actual Problem rather than being some "bla-bla"-Answer with a skyrocketing amount of upvotes that sounds legit.)

    Almost everytime I search on StackOverflow, the "answers" are in fact wrong. Almost none of the answers compile, even when adding the needed using statements.

    ps.: Posting this, because:

    - I posted 23 Questions
    - 16 have an answer marked as "accepted answer"
    - only a few of the "accepted answers" actually solved My Problem.

    As Naomi points out, you as the OP can unmark answers.

    Karl


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    Wednesday, October 14, 2015 2:29 PM
  • Almost everytime I search on StackOverflow, the "answers" are in fact wrong. Almost none of the answers compile, even when adding the needed using statements.

    Really?  Is it because the answer is out of date?  Or that the OP is just blindly accepting an answer?  As a member of SO, I find that most of the questions that have answers (that has one marked as THE answer) that I searched for actually do work.  Those that don't have an answer marked as the answer of course could help, but are not actually the answer that was sought.

    As Naomi points out, you as the OP can unmark answers.

    Yeah, but that doesn't help the users who are looking for answers and finding garbage.  I've come back after a few days to a week and find that some moderator has marked my thread as answered and that just pisses me off as it answers NOTHING!  To mark something as answered which is VERY OBVIOUSLY not an answer is just plain rude and looks like they are just trying to up their status.


    Adrian

    Thursday, October 22, 2015 9:12 PM
  • I'm not sure what you mean yo mama, as I don't know enough about the subject to say if the answer is right or not.  Are you saying that the answer marked is wrong and someone posted a 2nd answer that is correct for http://stackoverflow.com/questions/30374898/can-i-disable-ie-compatibility-mode-only-for-content-within-a-frame?  If so, then yes, that happens.  As the OP of that thread stated:

    Your answer is lacking any truly credible source, but nevertheless seems very likely to be true. It is the most helpful answer or comment so far. I'll let the bounty stay open for a few days more, and if nothing better turns up, yours is good enough to get it. – KjetilNordin May 30 at 13:40

    If the OP noticed the additional answer, they could move the answer marker if they felt that it helped more.

    If that was not what you meant, then it's too early in the morning for me to parse what you are saying as the links were tl;dr. ;)


    Adrian

    Friday, October 23, 2015 1:33 PM
  • Adrian wrote:

    I've come back after a few days to a week and find that some moderator has marked my thread as answered and that just pisses me off as it answers NOTHING!

    Adrian,

    The forum automatically sends out email notifications when your post has replies or has a marked answer.  If you provide a working email address in your account info and enable email alerts (click on "alert me" under the question header) , you'll get all updates instantly.

    Regards,

    -- pa


    • Edited by Pavel A Friday, October 23, 2015 10:08 PM
    Friday, October 23, 2015 10:06 PM
  • The forum automatically sends out email notifications when your post has replies or has a marked answer.  If you provide a working email address in your account info and enable email alerts (click on "alert me" under the question header) , you'll get all updates instantly.

    That is IRRELEVANT.  You think that I have that sort of time to monitor my inbox for an answer on this site more than any other?  Do you really think that it is far more important to mark a question as answered when the question is VERY OBVIOUSLY not answered then to wait till the OP says it is answered? I have stuff from so many sites and projects coming in, I cannot always keep up.  I get to things as I get to things and not a second more.

    I understand that there are those who write a post and never come back either because they forget/lose track of the original post for one reason or another, but that's no excuse for marking a post as answered when the answer was not given.  ESPECIALLY when an answer was not given.  I've seen posts marked as an answer which were a question to the OP which the OP never replied to.  THAT is just a sad way to gain rep points.

    Cheers,

    A


    Adrian


    • Edited by A D R I A N Monday, October 26, 2015 10:46 PM
    Monday, October 26, 2015 4:07 PM
  • My point was and is, it's already an unfortunate situation here in these MS forums where bad-faith misinformation is locked in threads (first example), and threads are customarily closed by marking unqualified dull mis-statements "answer" (second example).  If that was confined here to these MS forums, and stayed here, it would be one thing.  But it's another thing when it leaks out through search-engines to contaminate other forums on the internet, like StackOverflow.

    Totally agree with you yo mama.

    A


    Adrian

    Monday, October 26, 2015 4:08 PM
  • Well, this can be improved in many ways,  I agree with you all. But, given the current situation, frankly... it's unlikely to happen soon.

    -- pa 

    Thursday, October 29, 2015 12:18 PM