Looking through my answer history, there are a few answers that are empirically correct, but the user abandoned over a month ago.

What is the correct course of action for such instances? If the answer is to flag, should there be an option for this, or should I just use the "other" and fill out a note.

This applies to any old question you might come across with a correct answer but no acceptance.

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This has been asked on the main Meta.

While I can't find why it got , I suspect it's because there's a lot of work involved to do right and it would make the idea of an accepted answer a lot more confusing. Kevin's answer on the linked post points somewhat in that direction as well.

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    It got declined because how the site is designed to work. Only the OP can accept an answer, but the question can be considered answered without the OP accepting an answer.
    – Dom Mod
    Commented Jul 3, 2016 at 21:29
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    @Dom Yes, by voting the correct answer should rise to the top, regardless of whether it's an accepted answer or not.
    – Mast
    Commented Jul 4, 2016 at 6:45
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    Indeed, but there are many unaccepted but good answers that bias the community statistics.
    – Bebs
    Commented Dec 12, 2016 at 11:20

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