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Should mods accept answers?

This is a follow-up to this 5 year old question: [ https://ask.sqlservercentral.com/questions/16334/meta-should-mods-be-accepting-answers.html][1] Reading the responses, it seems like most people felt moderators accepting answers was acceptable after a certain delay. I agree that if the questioner left a "thanks" comment on an answer, it certainly seems acceptable to accept that one after just a few days. I also agree that, after a longer delay of maybe 30 days, it should be fine for a moderator to accept the most popular answer in other cases or make an informed decision in the case of a tie. I'm bringing this up now because I have noticed quite a few of these situations lately where answers are thanked but not accepted. Here are 5 examples just from the past 2 days. [ https://ask.sqlservercentral.com/questions/134386/exec-at-linked-server-failing.html][2] [ https://ask.sqlservercentral.com/questions/134421/using-query.html][3] [ https://ask.sqlservercentral.com/questions/134389/update-a-field-from-a-query.html][4] [ https://ask.sqlservercentral.com/questions/134396/ms-sql-grouping-data-query-help.html][5] [ https://ask.sqlservercentral.com/questions/134382/sql-server-fetch-values-between-the-strings.html][6] I know this site doesn't have a lot of moderators, and I know everyone's time is valuable and limited, but I also want this site to be the best it can be. If there is anything more I can do to help, please let me know. For now, I'm just leaving comments (like I have seen Grant do) asking people to please accept an answer in these situations. Unfortunately, I've only been successful on one of those requests so far. [1]: https://ask.sqlservercentral.com/questions/16334/meta-should-mods-be-accepting-answers.html [2]: https://ask.sqlservercentral.com/questions/134386/exec-at-linked-server-failing.html [3]: https://ask.sqlservercentral.com/questions/134421/using-query.html [4]: https://ask.sqlservercentral.com/questions/134389/update-a-field-from-a-query.html [5]: https://ask.sqlservercentral.com/questions/134396/ms-sql-grouping-data-query-help.html [6]: https://ask.sqlservercentral.com/questions/134382/sql-server-fetch-values-between-the-strings.html
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My personal preference is for mods to mark things as accepted, when they are broadly certain that an answer is correct and the original poster definitely isn't coming back. Given the open-ended nature of some of the questions (and the platform, TBH), marking something as correct is not just a "worked for me", but an indicator of "this is a sane approach to the problem". 90% of the time it's a better experience for anyone who comes to the question later in search. I don't think it's the **ideal** approach, so I would want to be sure a question wasn't getting any more attention from the OP. Unfortunately there's no way to set up custom reminders on the platform Ask SSC runs on, otherwise I'd set up a 3-month "hey, come back and check your question" email or similar. Leaving a comment does send an email to the poster for the most part, so that's still useful.
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I actually forgot about the emails. I get them but have them filed into a folder because I get so many. But I tend to check in here every couple of hours regardless just to keep abreast of what's going on and help wherever I can.
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I agree with your preference for accepting answers. Give the OP some time first. I like Grant's reminder comments asking for the OP to accept an answer. In fact, I've started doing that sometimes myself. If the OP doesn't accept an answer in "a reasonable time", then allow a moderator to accept what he or she believes is the best answer.
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