I noticed while looking through the frequent questions page on the main site that a decent portion of those questions don't have accepted answers. I think it is an issue that many of the most popularly searched and well received questions on the site don't have an accepted answers. We could try badgering the original posters of the questions, but it seems that many of them have long since left the site. Is there any way to get accepted answers for these questions or compile the good answers in some way?

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    $\begingroup$ The answers not being accepted is not an issue, but if they're not upvoted, and they deserve it, it is. Accept is only just the OP saying "this solved my problem", but there are cases where they commented that and didn't accept. Accepts pretty much don't matter. Votes do. If a nice answer is posted, but doesn't get any votes in an arbitrary long period, there might be a problem the community should be concerned about. $\endgroup$
    – M.A.R.
    Commented Apr 12, 2017 at 6:06
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    $\begingroup$ (Don't forget that most of these are event one-timers that just leave the site after asking the question, and don't remember to come back) $\endgroup$
    – M.A.R.
    Commented Apr 12, 2017 at 6:07

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There is nothing that can be done apart from contacting the OP about it. As you say many of them have since left the site and are probably out of reach, therefore chances are slim (at best) to get that resolved.
I think there is nothing that should be done either.

I personally think answers not marked accepted are neither an issue nor a problem. The voting system is the better indicator of quality (and even that fails in some cases due to popular opinion).

Sometimes I even find that the system of accepted answers is a nuisance, it is simply a very subjective vote for what the OP thinks helped best. In the worst case that may be a wrong answer. I particularly dislike that the accepted answer is docked to the question, but that may be just me.

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    $\begingroup$ At least this answer got accepted ;) $\endgroup$
    – Mithoron
    Commented Apr 14, 2017 at 22:50

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