How does accept rate work?
I normally post questions on stackoverflow relating to my programming work, but sometimes the nature of the problem does not make for a speedy solution.
In most cases, if I can't get an answer right away on stackoverflow, I'll come up with a solution or work around to the problem on my own some time after posting the question. This means that I no longer need answers and cannot actually accept any answers as having solved the problem because none did. When this happens I generally delete the question.
Is this a bad thing? (I believe I saw something about someone getting their account deleted for doing this). Does this improve my accept rate?
Mathematically, I believe the accept rate is calculated based on total questions vs accepted answers. So as I figure it, if I have one less unanswered question on one side of that scale, surely the accept percentage should increase...