Best Answers on AskMe: If you mark ALL of them as "best," it's the same as marking NONE of them as "best!"
posted by grapefruitmoon to Etiquette/Policy at 11:33 AM (107 comments total)
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I've seen this trend a lot - where a poster will ask a question and then mark ALL (literally. all.) answers as "best." To me, browsing the answers for info on how the problem was solved or what the best advice was or whatever, this is equally as unhelpful as marking NONE of the answers as "best."
The Best Answer function isn't to pat users on the back and say "Oh, I liked your answer!" Favorites are great for that, but if we could try and save "best answer" for answers that were, y'know, BEST, it would be really helpful for those of us who use AskMe as a resource not just for question-asking, but for question-reading as well.
I've seen a lot of OPs pop in with "I liked all of these answers and can't pick a best one!" and that, to me, is way more helpful than just seeing every answer marked as "best" because it indicates the OP's actual response rather than just "I'm gonna tick all the boxes!" That's just me.