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One thing I've seen done in this situation -- and it may be the best option under the circumstances -- is to summarize all the answers in one master answer yourself. I would write it anew (without copying-and-pasting), tie it together nicely with a narrative thread, credit individuals as appropriate, and (important) make it community wiki. Then accept it as ...


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Apparently there is nothing wrong with this: we even have a special badge, called "Populist" awarded for the answer which outscores the accepted answer by a factor of 2. The reasons of this phenomenon are simple: a better answer can be entered after some answer is accepted, and also the opinion of the person who asked the question may differ from the "...


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This is somewhat not-an-answer, as it is just advice/thoughts that cannot be used in this instance, since that horse has already left the barn. But it is something to consider in the future. I think that in cases like this where there are multiple questions along the same theme but each of which can stand alone, it would probably make more sense to ask them ...


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One should accept an answer if one is satisfied with the provided answer. In my opinion, in many practical cases, if one gets a satisfying partial answer, but for some other reasons is also interested in the full answer, then it is better to ask a separate follow-up question, than to leave the existing question open (after all, the op has gotten what he ...


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Here is a comprehensive description of actions which lead to reputation change, and by how much: https://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/269653/why-did-i-gain-lose-reputation-can-i-audit-my-reputation-history So: when you unaccept an answer, you get -2 and the answerer gets -15. In other words, you reverse what happened when you accepted. Same deal if you ...


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Is it reasonable to suggest to MO to remove this restriction? No, I think the current behavior makes perfect sense, and is not really a restriction. An advantage of the current behavior is that it encourages me to ask only one main question at a time. The simplest way to acknowledge additional good answers is by leaving a comment. If I want to honor an ...


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Because this is a publicly viewed forum, in my opinion, there is no moral obligation of the original poster to do anything with the question after it is presented. (Private forums are a different matter.) There are social niceties such as editing to improve the question, responding to answers, and even accepting an answer, but most if not all of these can ...


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As already mentioned, this information can be found in several places: What does it mean when an answer is "accepted"? in Help Center. How does accepting an answer work? (Meta Stack Exchange) How do I accept an answer? (Meta Mathematics) Probably it will do no harm to mention it also here - maybe this will make it easier to find for some users. If your ...


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