Ok, it seems that some people have the power to mark questions with accepted answers... Should mods do this? What are your thoughts? I am not sure exactly who can do this, but I think it would certainly make sense to mark the highest voted answer as correct on questions that are, say, more than 45 days old. I've just totally pulled that figure out of the air, but what do you guys feel about that?
The bottom line is this is supposed to be a Q & A site. That means people come here looking for answers. If a question has been unaccepted for a while, and a MOD knows the answer is correct - generically speaking - then it should be marked as correct for the benefit of the community at large. We are here to share our experiences and knowledge. Maybe if there is a comment added that it was a MOD accepted answer it would give the OP a chance to refute it, otherwise I feel those coming here want some guidance and a MOD accepted answer is better than limbo for them.
This is nothing but my personal opinion, but I would say no. Marking something as accepted is generally interpreted to mean that the questioner has accepted it. If mods start doing it, then it becomes ambiguous what it means.
Agree with Matt and Timothy! The way I see it is if there is an obvious answer, as Matt says when the OP comments 'thanks that did it', but they haven't ticked it, then yes I would agree we probably should. If the OP disagrees, they have the ability to untick, so at worst we'd only be accepting answers for OPs who are no longer here....
I think that a mod (or someone with the rep to do it) marking an answer as 'best of the bunch' is worthwhile so that people finding the answer from a search engine will know what is the best way to solve their problem. Most often you would expect that to be the most popular. I wonder if the mod awarded acceptance should be a different rep value? It would certainly reward the people that have made the effort of supplying an accurate answer but having missed out on the satisfaction of getting the tick
I don't think they should be doing it either. Although, confession time, I went back to some really old posts from a year ago and marked a few answers just because it looked like I could. I left them there rather than take away points (plus, the answers I marked, were good answers). However, I'm not crazy about the idea because, frankly, I could be wrong about the answers I mark. I'd rather avoid that kind of thing.
Looking at the fact that there are 1300+ open questions, most of which have multiple answers, with probably many of them being correct, and adding to the fact that it seems like most people asking questions don't bother to vote or mark the answers, I'd say it's probably time for the mods to start marking some answers. Maybe only on stuff that's more than 90 days old w/o activity.