KudoZ rule 2.10 recommends that askers allow at least twenty-four (24) hours to pass before closing a question.
To select the most helpful answer, the asker clicks on the link in the selected answer:
If less than 24 hours have elapsed since the question was posted, the following window will open:
If you choose to wait until 24 hours have elapsed since the question was posted, the question will remain open and you will be allowed to grade it normally later.
If, on the other hand, you choose to select the most helpful answer at this time, a new window will open to allow you to enter your preferences:
This window will allow you to select the most helpful answer, to assign points to the answerer and to post a grading comment. You will also be able to select and edit a glossary entry associated with this answer.
If you do not select a glossary entry, the following message will be displayed:
If you make a glossary entry, the message will include the following information:
Once this form is submitted, the question will remain open and new answers and peer comments can be added. About 72 hours after this submission, the system will grade the question in accordance with the following criteria:
a) If none of the answers has a net peer grading (agrees minus disagrees) of 2 or more, then the option selected by the asker will be used.
b) If at least one answer has a net peer grading higher than 1 and one of the answers has a net peer grading higher than the others, then this answer will be selected.
c) If at least one answer has a net peer grading higher than 1 and two or more answers share the same top peer grading, the answer posted last will be selected. The logic behind this criterion is that all those agreed to the second answer have seen the first one and still voted for the second, therefore preferring the second answer, while those that voted for the first one may not have seen the second answer when voted.
If the answer selected by the asker was chosen due to lack of votes or because the community voted for it, the amount of points, grading comment and (if entered) glossary entry selected by the asker will be chosen. If the asker did not make a glossary entry, one will be created automatically using the asked term and the suggested term.
If a different answer from the one selected by the asker was chosen by the community, 4 points will be assigned to this answer and a glossary entry will be created using the asked term and the suggested term.
After grading, the question will show the following message: