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IMO, openended questions basically mean an opening for discussion, and long discussions aren't encouraged on SE (note the little suggestion to take the issue to chat popping up after too many comments?). The format is to ask good questions, and receive good, fast and detailed answers, instead of conducting group research into an issue, because a discussion ...


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It's been proposed any number of times to allow moderators to accept an answer on behalf of a user. This has also been shot down the same number of times. The rationale is that accepting an answer is meant to indicate which answer was most useful to the person asking the question, while community consensus as to the "best" answer is expressed through votes. ...


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