A pretty simple idea, but one that eminated from a lot of discussion on this thread and my reply on page 9.
Any post that has been marked as the 'accepted solution' should be moved to the top of the page, just underneath the OPs post. This has several benefits:
1) It encourages people to write well thought out answers, rather than one word or shorter replies that are not of as much value.
2) Where one word replies are all that are needed (and may therefore be marked as the accepted solution), they stay at the top of the page.
3) Anyone coming to the thread late or via the search facility will see the accepted solution straight away (without having to click a link that takes them to it).
EDIT: When I proposed this idea, I should have said 'copied' to the top, rather than 'moved' to the top, for reasons provided by fellow giffgaffers in the comments below.
great idea!!! but good point sangrif - i know what you mean - sometimes not always the best answer is chosen.
Agreed @sangif.... although one would hope that it is the majority of the time.
Q: Are educators allowed to change the 'accepted solution' when it is not entirely accurate?
llyamah yes educators can change an accepted solution.
I like the Yahoo answers way of doing it where the best answer goes straight to the top, not sure if Lithium supports it but it's a lot better
If it helps expand beyond one word answers, I support this!
And while accepted solutions are moved to the top, can any "ask an agent" answers be automatically deleted? Sometimes an Agent is the only valid solution, but i'd be happy for the 50th person who typed this in a thread, 3 days after the previous (identical) post to be publicly flogged.
edited for crimes against spelling
I'd support this idea if the 'accepted solution' post is copied (not moved) to the top of the thread. (The reason being that this post may contain quoted posts and may be referenced and/or quoted in later posts, so I'd still like to be able to see it in its original context).