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I asked a question on SO some time ago and none of the answers were appropriate.

The question is effectively dead, but it affects my 'accept' rate negatively.

What should I do?

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Have you explained why none of the answers are appropriate? (Both in comments to those answers, and by editing the question itself.) – Peter Boughton Oct 7 '10 at 14:32
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If you're still interested in the question, you may want to see meta.stackexchange.com/questions/7046/… – Pops Oct 7 '10 at 14:52
    
@Peter: Yes, both. – Eric Grunin Oct 7 '10 at 14:52
    
@Popular: I hadn't thought of 'bumping'. Not sure the question is worth a bounty, though. – Eric Grunin Oct 7 '10 at 14:57
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yeah, it's not the most helpful page ever. Once in a while we get "I know this is a dupe of [other question] but the answers there don't help me:" with varying degrees of success. – Pops Oct 7 '10 at 15:18
up vote 5 down vote accepted

You should not accept an answer if you don't think any of the answers sufficiently answer the question.

I don't think there's a whole lot more to it than that. The accept rate isn't all that important.

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"...isn't all that important": I guess you're right, even though (for me) it feels awkward. – Eric Grunin Oct 7 '10 at 15:00

I'm not sure if this is a valid solution, but...

Since you can always undo the "correct" answer and select a different one, maybe you could post a CW answer saying "There is currently no suitable answer to my question" and accept that, and then if a real answer comes along you can undo and re-accept that.

This means your 'accept rate' isn't penalised for a failure to find a solution, but unfortunately has the side effect of making your question look answered, and thus may not attract so many people trying to solve it.

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Heh, well it seems two people don't like this answer, but haven't said why they don't like it? – Peter Boughton Oct 7 '10 at 17:09

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