I have two replies to a question I asked, and neither are very good. I keep getting spam from Answers to accept one of them, and I can't see an option to turn that off while still getting notifications for any other answers posted.
Joe's comment is valid though. Why should he need to create a 'fake' answer? Joe is a new user and why should he need to think about how to turn off email notifications because they are annoying him.
Would it not be better to mark a question as no answer solved my issue yet as a state/flag of the question?. When a new answer is posted this state/flag would be turned off.
I posted an improvement to answers for this type of feature since it makes perfect sense from an end user perspective.
I like Norman's idea of a flag which is reset when another answer/comment is added. If there is no answer that is good enough, it doesn't make sense to repeatedly asking the user to accept one or to create a dummy one.
Then there is the other side of the coin where people get a good answer, says thank you and never accepts the answer in spite of the all the mails ;)
Because there is no other option.
It's a known flaw in Answers - they really want you to get an Answer and hence be able to mark it correct, which is why it spams you. But there's no support for "there is no satisfactory answer and it doesn't look like there will be one".
I'd like to see something that says "never going to be answered" that can be set by the poster, but only after they've had a few responses and a bit of time.
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