I thought about posting this on the Spam/Abuse Forum, but decided that since it's a more general question (doesn't fit, in my perceptions, with the other types of Posts there), to post it here.
I carefully examined the QA section of the CP FAQ before deciding to write this, but it contains no guidelines, on "Answering," or on answering appropriate, and inappropriate, behavior.
So, the question is: is it "okay" for someone who answers a question to ask the user to accept their answer, either in their answer, or in a comment they make on their own answer, even if that's done in a slightly indirect way ?
Just curious if that would be considered "abuse" ?
If this answers your question, please mark it accepted. Vote anyway.
is OK. (I'd better think it's OK - I used to use it almost as a sig in Q&A.) But I can see why anything more demanding would give offence.
I was somewhat p****ed off this morning by a noob. (At least I think it was, the evidence is gone now.) Late last night my time he asked a "why does this blow up" question with a 50-odd line chunk of code in it and the error message. So far so good.
I spotted a probem about 10 lines from the top, and pointed it out in a comment. My intention was to convert the comment to an answer if it looked OK in the light of day, and any received comments.
I received two comments (according to the emails), one saying "good one. convert to solution" and the other from OP saying "that was it. solved"
OP then DELETED the question (with comments) so it can't go down as solved.
Software rusts. Simon Stephenson, ca 1994. So does this signature. me, 2012
Perhaps there should be a set of conditions where the OP is allowed to delete the question. If not met, they can only request it be deleted by someone with sufficient "authority". I don't know what the conditions should be...
This issue of "when can user author/OP delete," is off-topic from the original post on this thread (no big deal), but I do think the issue you raise is interesting, important, and, I would suggest that you raise this issue yourself, as a top-level original post here on this forum.
I will certainly respond with several thoughts, and ideas on this issue based on my experiences with other Forums, as well my long involvement with CP.
So, while there's no absolute promise made here, you've got good odds such a thread will get at least one five vote (mine)