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How does accepting an answer work?
How does accept rate work?

I had an unaccepted question for several weeks that I finally abandoned hope of getting a working answer to (A non working answer had been given). I deleted it, hoping my accept rate would return to 100%, but that doesn't seem to have happened. Is it stuck like this?

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    Don't delete a question just because you want to improve your acceptance rate. Your acceptance rate doesn't need to be 100%. If a question is good, but hasn't gotten an answer yet, try offering a bounty.
    – tvanfosson
    Commented Dec 16, 2011 at 22:32
  • How long have you waited? These things don't update immediately. From here: "The accept rate is heavily cached and can take 24hrs or more to update."
    – user154510
    Commented Dec 16, 2011 at 22:32
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    I'd assume it's because just by deleting the question, it still exists on the system, so you'd probably have to wait for a recache before the system would determine not to include that question. From my experience, just accepting an answer produces immediate results.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Dec 16, 2011 at 23:02
  • And as for @tvanfosson's comment: very true!
    – Arjan
    Commented Dec 16, 2011 at 23:28

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Your accept rate is calculated on the fly when you accept or unaccept an answer, either triggers a recalc immediately. We also recalc an accept rate when merging/unmerging user accounts...aside from that the calculation also runs once a day for all users, that's the one you have to wait for when dealing with deleted content.

If you look now you'll see your accept rate is correct, since the nightly sync job has run.

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