Let’s stop displaying a user’s accept rate
I know this is a bold proposal:
I suggest we do not display the "Accept Rate" on questions under the user name.
- It has no significant importance.
- It prompts the hasty "fix your accept rate" comments which as far as I know, aren't welcome in most forms and often cause arguments.
- It's not immediately clear to new users what this metric means. Maybe I'm just slow, but for a very long time (before I was a member and while I was a new member) I thought "Accept Rate" meant the percentage of answers by the user that were accepted.
This could be moved to the user profile page, so those of us interested enough to look can see the accept rate right next to the list of questions. Often times, new users are berated for their low accept rate, but no one took the time to actually look at their questions and see that they simply don't have good answers. Very often this is a symptom of asking poor questions, but that's another story...
Anyways, I say get rid of it - maybe move it to the user profile right next to the questions list since they are so closely related.
There are other ways to nudge a user into accepting answers, the system could even "nag" them if they have a long standing 0% accept rate. So far, I have not found the prominent display of accept rate to be useful in any way, especially in an environment where we're trying to keep the noise to a minimum.
If there are any good reasons to keep this around, I'd like to hear it.
It's an indicator of a Help Vampire on many sites. If their accept rate is low because they really haven't received objectively acceptable answers, chances are they're asking neigh-unanswerable questions, depending on the site. And still, the community decides what it means, it's not like we're programatically punishing people based on the number.
Low accept rate does not definitely indicate a help vampire, it usually means that the user simply doesn't know what accepting answers is for, how important it is, or how to do it. Likewise, a 100% accept rate does not mean the user isn't a help vampire. Accept rate and "help vampirism" have little to nothing in common, and I don't see this being so important that it needs to be on every page.