Those of you frequenting Stack Overflow might have noticed: accepted answers are no longer pinned on top. To clarify: currently, it does not matter if the accepted answer has a lower score than others; it is always shown above it. In the past, many people complained about this, often stating that it's more important what the community thinks (and expresses in the form of upvotes) than a single user, even if though they are the author of the question. (Of course, in the old and new situation, if the accepted answer has the highest score of all answers, it will be shown on top.)
This change will be rolled out to other sites in the network as well, including English Language Learners. The company has offered us the choice there to keep the current behaviour if we decide it is beneficial for our community. @MariLouA asked me to post a question here, that sounds like a good idea and it will be interesting to hear your opinions.
I'm going to do some kind of poll with two answers: one to keep the current behaviour 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).