I am newer to the Stack Exchange and the Engineering SE so forgive any naivete. With fewer users on this site in particular, it seems more important that up votes are cast to reward and filter good answers.
Often, low reputation users do not accept valid answers. Given a satisfactory answer, they never revert back to accept an answer. This places the question in a state of paralysis, where no additional answers are given and the question is slowly buried in the stack, where fewer votes are cast. On other SE's with more users, this problem is reduced- see similar meta question.
- We might remind the Asker to accept correct answers? However, this is rude, unenforceable, and the Asker might be correct that the question is unanswered.
- Or simply not answer questions if the Asker consistently leaves questions unanswered? This deters new users (like myself) from participating and doesnt contribute to a knowledge base.
For the site to grow, good answers must be rewarded and filtered, so that the difference between a good answer and an incorrect answer is better reflected. Accepted answers indicate that a question is resolved. When good answers remain unaccepted, I argue that more upvotes should be cast, effectively accepting the answer (especially when good and bad answers differ by a small vote margin).
With fewer users on this SE, it seems up votes should be cast liberally to further the success of Engineering.SE?
Note: This post is intended to promote discussion of a perceived problem- While I appreciate the irony (with respect to my question), I will remain neutral (by not accepting an answer) to indicate a conclusion has not been decided.