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Solved Best answer anomoly. How does this happen?

March 12, 2016 at 00:24:25
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This has happened a few times and I'm curious why.

I received a prestigious best answer email only to have a look at the post and see that it is incorrect:

"The post you made (that was just marvelous) can be found at the following URL:

We highly recommend you print it out and frame it..."

Can I ask why this happens on occasion?

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March 12, 2016 at 03:27:43
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By "incorrect" I assume you mean your post was not actually marked as the best answer, even though you were informed that it was.

That happens occasionally to me too, on the Tom's Hardware Forums which used to be allied with

I put it down to a "glitch" in the forum software, but you really need to ask a administrator to get an official explanation.

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March 12, 2016 at 03:32:08
Cheers Phil,

yeah I was figuring that the question was more administration based rather than user based. It is comforting to know that it's not just me though. I hope that doesn't make me a bad person. Lol.

I hope Justin responds.

Edit: I just noticed Phil that as I marked your response as best answer that an option to undo this response appeared. Now this makes sense because trvlr responded afterwards with a consideration I didn't make. Maybe the OP retracted the best answer after the email got out?

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March 12, 2016 at 13:46:02

This is correct. Someone can retract a best answer. They could do this for a variety of reasons. Perhaps they mistakenly hit it or it turns out they changed their mind.

Either way, the e-mail about the best answer is sent immediately. If someone retracts it, that would be the explanation.

I assume people who get lots of posts marked as best answers can see this happen once in a while.


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March 12, 2016 at 21:55:05
Thanks Justin.

I didn't realize before I marked a best answer in this thread that the decision could be retracted.

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