I have noticed that there are quite a few questions with an unaccepted answer. Should we follow up with any actions for these types of posts?

I see two categories of unaccepted answers:

  1. User asks question, another user answers the question


  1. User asks question, same user answers their own question


Also important to mention that if you answer your own question you have to wait 2 days before you can accept your own answer.

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The mighty docs:

Accepting an answer is not meant to be a definitive and final statement indicating that the question has now been answered perfectly. It simply means that the author received an answer that worked for them personally. Not every user comes back to accept an answer, and of those who do, they might not change the accepted answer even if a newer, better answer comes along later.

Often, accepting an answer corresponds to reputation gains.

If you accept:

someone else's answer: You gain +2 reputation and the author of the accepted answer earns +15 reputation.

your own answer: No reputation is awarded, and the answer does not float to the top of the list. You must wait 48 hours to accept your own answer.

Based on this, I do not see much of a priority in nudging users to accept an answer, although from a psychological perspective, IMO, I feel more confident when I see an accepted answer vs an unaccepted answer, especially if I am a newcomer to a topic.

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