If I find that an answer with less upvotes is more helpful, is it better to side with the community by accepting the highest upvoted one or not ?
For context, my question about the morning alarm when sharing a room. The widely accepted answer is the one about the electric shock wrist band, but I personally found the vibrating phone alarm/wrist band more helpful as it's more affordable and less abrupt than an electric shock.
Deciding which answer should be accepted is entirely up to the asker. Historically, it's been treated as roughly analogous to "this is the answer that helped the OP the most." You're welcome to choose the highest-voted answer, but you should never feel like you have to... nor do you have to choose an accepted answer at all, if you don't feel like any of the answers were helpful enough to you, personally.