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How does accept rate work?

I've been off stackoverflow for a little bit and my rate was 100% when I last was on and was showing as 0. I accepted an answer today and only shows 17%. Did something happen while I was gone lol?

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marked as duplicate by waiwai933, blahdiblah, animuson, Shog9 Jan 9 '13 at 1:05

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This is the first time seen someone comment on their own acceptance rate. –  Chris Gerken Jan 9 '13 at 2:43

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up vote 5 down vote accepted

You have 6 questions that are 3+ days old with answers and you have one accepted answer.

1/6 = 0.166666 rounded to 17%.

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Hmmm...but how was it at 100% before Christmas and now I have questions that are back to being accepted? Going back and accepting. –  Shawn Jan 9 '13 at 0:06
    
@Shawn The questions either did not have answers or they were not 3 days old. –  Austin Henley Jan 9 '13 at 0:07
    
Okey dokey! Thanks –  Shawn Jan 9 '13 at 0:38

From How does accept rate work?

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The accept rate is calculated on questions that are older than 3 days.
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Which questions do not affect the accept rate?

The following questions are not included in the accept rate calculation:

  • Community Wiki Questions
  • Closed Questions
  • Questions with no answers

Your accept rate used to be 100% because you had a number of questions that were too young to include or had no answers. Now they're older and have answers, and your accept rate has been updated accordingly.

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