I had it happen now a few times that I was browsing the main page of this community forum (which is by default the categories overview) and ended up clicking on an already solved topic. Altough this isn’t too big of an issue, I think it would be helpful to see the -Icon next to a thread title on the main page because it takes a few days before a topic gets marked as closed, which then indicates an answered question (actually just indicates a closed thread but acts as both this way atm).
Also I find the Lock-Icon has less of a value or priority to be displayed than the because the goal of a forum is to answer questions and solve problems (and not close them)
I noticed as well that this feature is already implemented on the specific overview pages, e.g. the Support category. Maybe I’m overthinking this a little but maybe also something worth changing…
When you mark a thread as solved, it puts the solution in your original post. It also starts a 2 day count down to automatically close the thread, but each time you bump it it resets that two day counter. Once it’s been two days since the last reply, it will close. It’s a way to prevent necroposting on old posts, and keeping posts for similar sounding issues (when they might be completely different) from getting in the hundreds of replies.
What you reference as “tick icon” is the same thing as selecting the best answer, as it’s marking the correct solution to your thread. The solution should always be the best answer in my understanding.
And yes it’s currently not available for everyone in every section. This might possibly change in the future like it did for the General section already (referenced above).
It’s not enabled in every single category. It is enabled in this one, the General one, and the Support categories. You only see the button to mark a solution if you are the topic starter, or if you are a certain trust level (moderators, effectively).
It’s also behind the ..., sometimes. Here’s a short video of me marking a solution, then unmarking it:
This topic was automatically closed 2 days after discussion ended and a solution was marked. New replies are no longer allowed. You can open a new topic by clicking the link icon below the original post or solution and selecting “+ New Topic”.