Yesterday I noticed that a person answered his own question. That didn't concern me so much because it looked like he honestly didn't know the answer but found it as he did more research. But what really bothered me was that he was able to give a check mark to his own answer. Does that mean that he awarded himself 15 reputation points? I think reputation is only to be given by others in the community to show that they respect your knwoledge and the quality of the answer (in the case of an answer). Is this what actually happened or am I in a stew over nothing? Could it be that you are allowed to check your own answer but are not awarded the 15 points? I have never tried this so I don't know. If you can give yourself point this way I think it should be stopped for the integrity of the system.
I think I'm the OP, assuming the post in question is this one.
I had a question about something on John Kruschke's "Doing Bayesian Data Analysis" slides. Two weeks later, while looking for something else entirely, I found a paper in which Dr. Kruschke discussed the topic more comprehensively. Since no one had answered the question, I wrote up a little summary and linked to the paper. I accepted it since the matter was now resolved to my satisfaction[*] and I didn't want to clutter up the unanswered queue (or look lazy with a 0% acceptance rate). Also, if I may brag, it was a pretty decent answer; I would have gladly accepted it had someone else posted it.
In the present case, this is all moot anyway. Last night, John Kruschke himself posted a few links to papers on that topic. Since he is undisputedly the expert on what his own slides mean, switched my "accept" to his answer instead.
Sorry for causing a fuss and, worse, not even noticing it was going on. I defended my dissertation yesterday(!) and have slowly been catching up on the rest of the world.
[*] That said, I actually would like more feedback on whether people care, or should care, about the issue raised in the original post. I guess checking "accept" does often put a damper on people's willingness to answer a question and maybe I should have held off longer. If anyone wants to post or chat about it, that'd be great.