On Stack Overflow (SO), new answers get thousands of views by active voting members long after the question is posted. This means new answers can get hundreds or thousands (yes, thousands) of votes long after a question is first asked. Because SO involves information technology, many accepted answers quickly become out-of-date. New answers are posted and widely voted upon and often overtake the original out-of-date accepted answer by hundreds or thousands of votes. The old accepted answers for these questions become a pain in the neck.
Stack Overflow therefore decided to pin answers strictly in terms of votes, without the accepted answer appearing just above the highest voted one, as it does at the moment on all other sites. SE then decided that this popular SO change was going to be automatically rolled out to all sites, unless they requested otherwise.
However, members on many other sites have strongly objected pointing out that most sites do not work in the same way as Stack Overflow. The main reason is that on Stack Overflow new answers continue to get get hundreds of votes years after the original question was asked. On other sites, only very early answers are highly upvoted. After a few days, the number of actively voting users who see a new answer is miniscule. One of the only ways to promote new, better answers is by the Original Poster accepting them so that they will be seen by other visitors to the site. In addition, on most sites, accepted answers do not rapidly become 'wrong' because of advances in information technology. Many people find the 'accepted answer' useful and interesting. They think that other sites have the opposite problem to Stack Overflow.
Now, SE is not going to roll this feature out to any site unless they actively ask them to.
The company has offered us the choice to change our current behaviour to the Stack Overflow mode if we decide it is beneficial for our community. @MariLouA asked me to post a question here.
I'm using this post as a poll with two answers: one to keep the current 'accepted answer' feature and one to have it changed. Please:
- upvote the answer representing your choice (downvotes will not count)
- edit additional reasons to choose one or the other option
Comments on the answers can be used to improve the reasons mentioned in them (in line with their normal intended usage).