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What if I ask a question, and get no good answers. This is hurting my accept ratio... but not because I'm too lazy to mark one as correct, just no one has posted a reasonable answer. Maybe it's not a terribly important question, so I don't want to start a bounty... what can we do? Can we at least flag the question as "given up" or something?

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No one expects you to maintain a 100% accept rate. If you have a few questions that didn't generate a good answer, it's not that big of deal.

From Jeff's announcement of acceptance rate:

It is considered good manners to accept answers on your questions, eventually, but accepting answers is not required. I personally consider anything at 70% or over quite good, meaning you accept answers on 7 out of 10 questions that you ask. There are certainly cases where you don’t get an answer you like, or the question is inherently unanswerable.

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see

How do I get attention for old, unanswered questions?

Have you really invested the effort into getting your questions answered?

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Sometimes no, and that's my point. It might be a minor problem I'm having with one of the many projects I'm working on, and it's just not a high priority. In fact, I might give up on the project before the question gets answered thus making it not really relevant (to me, anyways). I don't think it's worth deleting though, because it might be valuable to someone else, or to myself again, if I ever take up that project again. –  Mark Oct 19 '10 at 22:31

Community Wiki questions don't seem to affect your accept ratio, at least from what I've seen on a question I asked that I started as CW. Maybe marking as CW will stop it from being counted in your accept ratio?

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