Stack Exchange staff have announced a proposal around the way answer acceptance works - more details can be seen at this meta SE post - unpinning the accepted answer from the top of the list of answers.

Currently, the original poster of a question can accept one non-deleted answer. This does several things,

  • the question poster receives 2 rep, and the answer poster receives 15 rep
  • the answer has an added green tick mark below its score and vote buttons
  • the answer itself is pinned to the top of the list of answers, regardless of sort variable

This change will affect the last of these behaviours, removing the pin to top. Staff have indicated this may be configurable per site - each individual site can have this behaviour turned off or left on (with the default setting yet to be determined by consensus and research).

Please indicate by upvoting if you agree with the change (i.e. upvote if you want to unpin the accepted answer from the top) or downvote if you disagree. The up/downvote agree/disagree approach is used in other meta questions and answers as well.

To perceive how this would impact our community, worth check this query results:

Questions with accepted answer pinned above highest scoring answer

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    Just a note for anyone looking at the query - it only shows the difference between the most upvoted not accepted answer and the accepted answer. I noticed several of the questions have more than one answer that outscores the accepted answer.
    – Thomas Owens Mod
    Sep 19, 2021 at 22:11
  • Let's just keep the status quo that's been the same in the last 13+ years! Pin the accepted answer to the top! Oct 4, 2021 at 0:48
  • Let's just change the status quo that people have been asking to change for the last 13+ years! Unpin the accepted answer from the top!
    – Sarov
    Oct 12, 2021 at 13:11


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