This question is answered by the same OP and although it is negatively voted down, the owner has accepted his own answer! Can these type of answers be removed or deleted even though the owner has accepted it as the right answer?

  • Note: Since this meta-question was asked, that answer was deleted by a mod.
    – Oddthinking Mod
    Feb 12 '16 at 9:39

The asker cannot be forced to accept a particular answer. They can self-answer and accept it. Self-accepts are not auto-bumped to the first in the list. Accepted answers are not necessarily the right answer.

Answers can be deleted if they don't answer the question or if they lack references.

  • But wont a first time user find it weird to find a negatively voted answer to have a tick mark next to it indicating that it is the appropriate answer? Feb 11 '16 at 14:22
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    Maybe they'll find it weird, but that's okay. There's a lot about this site that is weird. I think in this case it is obvious that it doesn't answer the question, even to a new user.
    – user30557
    Feb 11 '16 at 14:24
  • But such answers do exist without getting deleted as noted by Oddthinking using the query search mentioned below! Feb 12 '16 at 12:03
  • @pericles316: Be careful of survivorship bias. My query didn't return results that had been deleted. Presumably (I haven't checked) the answers on the open questions do address the question.
    – Oddthinking Mod
    Feb 13 '16 at 1:16
  • @Oddthinking-we need to have a check on that! Feb 13 '16 at 12:31

This isn't a direct answer to the question, but it demonstrates the phenomena isn't a one-off:

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