How does accept rate work?
I'm sure this is pretty simple for the Pro's but I am starting to get more serious on SO and would like to be a valuable part of the community one day.
Your accept rate is exactly what it says: the rate at which you accept answers to your questions. You increase it by accepting more answers on questions you have asked.
Now, this does not mean you should accept any answer on your question. If you only got one answer and it was crap, ignore it. Your goal should not be a 100% accept rate. Accept rate is generally only a problem if it is less than about 30-40%. In those cases, it often indicates people who don't know that they should accept correct answers.
Your current accept rate is 59%, which is entirely reasonable.
I checked your history, and I noticed this question where you seemed to like one particular answer, going so far as to thank the person giving the answer. Yet you didn't accept it (which is the only form of thanks we really need).