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The "0% accept rate" text which shows below the user name of a user asking a question is intended, at least partially, to be a gentle reminder to the user to remember to accept answers to older questions. However, new users often do not know what this means. The title text, "this user has accepted an answer for 0 of 6 eligible questions" doesn't help much, either, in this respect.

I think this text should be a hyperlink to this page, which spells things out more clearly.

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The odds of this exact question being asked just now are kind of incredible – Michael Mrozek Aug 23 '10 at 17:35
Maybe you should change that "0%" for "less than 100%". – MPelletier Aug 24 '10 at 13:06
This is a good idea - needs upvotes (30 to get onto to the queue) – NickC Aug 10 '11 at 17:14
@NickC As of now, it has 45 upvotes. Is it on the queue now? – Anderson Green Oct 18 '12 at 18:32
@ben Why the random bump? :O – Doorknob Jun 3 '13 at 20:05
It should have been tagged accept-rate, it wasn't which meant it didn't get closed in casperOne's clean-up. It needed to be closed as it's no longer relevant and I was hoping for a status-declined as casper was doing but it's not like it matters. The random bump was the simplest way to achieve all of this @Doorknob :-). – ben is uǝq backwards Jun 3 '13 at 20:07
@benisuǝqbackwards Ah, I didn't realize there was a cleanup. Ok :P – Doorknob Jun 3 '13 at 20:08

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Pointing them to the FAQ entry is a good idea, but I think linking the text itself is probably confusing -- if the accept rate text were a link, I would expect it to go to the user's question list. Also, SO links aren't underlined, and the accept rate text is already color-coded so it can't become blue, so the link is essentially invisible.

Maybe add a separate help link?

Mockup of the above

It could only be shown to new users, if it's considered clutter

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Good idea. I'd rather have it only be shown when viewing one's own question, however. Even some semi-experienced users who have an 80% accept rate don't actually know what it means, and it's arguably not something they care about until they notice their own low accept rate. – StriplingWarrior Aug 23 '10 at 17:35
@Str Well, we've had people say "I saw this 'accept rate' thing on people's questions; what is that?" in the past – Michael Mrozek Aug 23 '10 at 17:36

The problem is that the askers won't be visiting that link. I found that a genuine (even if stock-ish) explanation of the phenomenon works best. Here's by stock comment:

@Username, I'd like to bring attention to your accept rate. At UserAcceptRate%, it is possible that some users with knowledge of this field will shun answering you. I suggest you revisit some of your previous questions and accept some answers (use the checkmark). Good luck! :)

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If we're starting a collection of these, here's mine: "You should consider going back through your asked questions and accept answers that solved your problems". I'm a fan of linking to the "accept answers" FAQ; it's surprising how many people simply don't realize accepting an answer is a thing – Michael Mrozek Aug 23 '10 at 17:00
Yeah, I'm going to add some linkage to mine. – MPelletier Aug 23 '10 at 17:30

Could it be two links, not one?

[0%](user's profile) [accept rate](http://meta.stackexchange.com/q/5234)

So that if the user is curious about the 0%, then they'll be sent to their profile (as @Michael suggests above). If the user is curious about the phrase accept rate then they can be sent to the FAQ page.

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