Marking and Unmarking as Proposed Answer or as Answer RRS feed

  • General discussion

  • Suggestion 1

    At the time of writing (July 26, 2010), if I mark my post to a thread as a proposed answer and subsequently change my mind, I cannot unmark my post as the proposed answer.  I suggest I should be able to change my mind and unmark my post as the proposed answer. 

    Suggestion 2

    If the originator of a thread marks my post as a proposed answer, or if a Microsoft moderator marks my post as the answer, and I subsequently realise that my post is not the answer, I cannot unmark my post as the answer or indicate disagreement with the markings of my own posts. 


    The reason this has arisen is in the following thread, to which I contributed.  It took some to arrive at a final solution.  Some of my posts along the way were half right and some were marked as the proposed answer or as the answer.  I think that my final contribution to the thread is the right answer and, as a result of previous markings by others, I have marked my last post as a proposed answer.  

    I would agree that readers of the thread won't be misled if they read the whole thread. Nonetheless, I think contributors should be allowed to indicate a change of mind or a divergence of view, as suggested above.

    Here is the thread where this arose:



    Sunday, September 26, 2010 6:53 AM

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  • Also, I subsequently noticed a missing word in the above post ("It took some TIME to arrive at a final solution."  But there is no EDIT button that allows me to edit my original post to this forum.  I guess this is by design, but it's a little disconcerting to think I have to get my suggestions/questions perfect first time.  I think there should be an EDIT button.
    Sunday, September 26, 2010 6:57 AM
  • If you are logged in then you should be able to edit your own post. if you propose your post as the answer and it is wrong then don't worry because you should be able to edit it.
    Wednesday, September 29, 2010 8:19 PM
  • I understand your point, but that wasn't quite my concern.  I didn't mark my early post as the answer and I didn't in fact want to edit it because I had marked it as the answer and it was only half-right.  (If I had done that and if others had already replied to it, that might make their replies look odd.)  The point I wish to make is that, as I was very involved in answering the particular question, I perhaps understood better than those who had marked my early post as the answer that, in fact, it was not the answer (this realisation obviously came to me at a later stage); and I wished to indicate that fact by unmarking my previous post that others had marked as the answer (so that anyone reading the thread would not be mislead).  However, the forum would not let me do that, perhaps because I was not the originator of the thread.  I am suggesting that the forum should allow the unmarking-as-answer by the person who posted the message.  Just to be clear, I am not suggesting that anyone (other than the originator or a Microsoft Moderator) should be allowed to unmark anyone else's post; but one should be allowed to unmark one's own posts.


    Thursday, September 30, 2010 6:57 AM