I'm fairly new around here, and read a Meta post from 2015 encouraging 'people to engage into solving some of our old unsolved problems.'
In an attempt to do just that, I've been poring over questions without accepted answers. Imagine my surprise when I discovered many that not only have answers, but have comments from the OP saying 'yes, that's the answer!' However, they never actually marked the answer as accepted.
Since it's annoying to read a question, start formulating an answer, and then discover that it has actually been answered, I've begun leaving comments such as the following:
@xxx: Can you accept yyy's answer below? To mark an answer as accepted, click on the check mark beside the answer to toggle it from greyed out to filled in. Thanks!
(I started adding the instruction line when a user responded to my comment, saying 'Yes, I accept the answer' without actually clicking the checkmark)
My question is threefold:
- Is that an acceptable use of comments? I'm not trying to badger anybody, but they did ask the question, after all, AND indicate that a particular answer was accurate.
- Is it worth it? I know many people post questions and then never return, but I'm only adding comments to ones that the OP has actually returned to to say 'yes,' which I believe would indicate they're more likely to respond.
- Is there a better way?