Stack Exchange staff have announced an upcoming change to the way answer acceptance works.

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 voting on the answers below, which setting you would prefer.

Downvotes will be ignored for this purpose, as they add no useful information. Just upvote one, or both or neither.

Feedback will be collated on September 19th, giving six days to make a decision.

  • $\begingroup$ This question and its answers were derived from the template created by Nij on Sports SE, via Astronomy SE. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 13, 2021 at 14:20
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for the feedback, the result (unpin) has been posted on Meta: meta.stackexchange.com/a/369914 $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 23, 2021 at 8:34
  • $\begingroup$ The behavior has been implemented. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 1, 2021 at 14:05
  • $\begingroup$ Perhaps now that SE decided to stick with the status quo, we should do another vote, where people now know that the vote is about whether or not to opt-in to what may become the site behavior on the minority of sites. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 3, 2021 at 22:14
  • $\begingroup$ @user1271772 The behavior that most users voted for has been implemented, so I don't really see the need for another vote? $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 4, 2021 at 13:49

2 Answers 2


Remove the "pin to top" behaviour.

I want this behaviour to be removed. An accepted answer should be sorted in the same way as all answers.

  • $\begingroup$ I cannot vote but I would choose this one. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 13, 2021 at 19:31
  • 3
    $\begingroup$ I vote for this option because sometimes the accepted answer is not always the best answer. On other occasions a better answer is posted after an answer has been accepted. $\endgroup$
    – Fred
    Commented Sep 13, 2021 at 22:56
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    $\begingroup$ yes, I'm for this $\endgroup$
    – Gimelist
    Commented Sep 15, 2021 at 3:04
  • $\begingroup$ I am for this too $\endgroup$
    – user20559
    Commented Sep 21, 2021 at 6:28

Keep the "pin to top" behaviour.

I want this behaviour to be kept. An accepted answer should be placed at the top of the list.


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