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How does accept rate work?

If noone answers a question that I post, I can't accept an answer. But then my accept rate sinks, and that might put people off answering my questions in the future :-(

Is there any way to "accept" unanswered questions? My accept rate is only 80% but I would love it to be 100%...

Thanks Ant

  • Don't worry about an Accept of "only 80%". That's perfect. I only become suspicious when I see an accept rate of <20. Either because the OP seems to randomly (not) accept questions, or because the OP seems to be unable to ask good questions.
    – Rob W
    Jan 10, 2012 at 19:59
  • @Rob W: That's far from perfect.</rimshot> Jan 10, 2012 at 20:03
  • I thought that accepting the bounty on that one question would automatically mark it as accepted, but it didnt - thanks everyone! Jan 10, 2012 at 20:06

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There is no way to mark a question with an accepted answer if there isn't an answer to accept in the first place, so those questions shouldn't count into your accept rate at all.

You do have at least one question with an unaccepted answer. You can always mark that as accepted if you think it's good enough for you, then that'll bump your accept rate up to max. It's not required, though, so don't worry even if you decide not to accept it. Just remember to do this for any questions you have with answers that help you.

For what it's worth, an accept rate of 80% is really good. If it puts perfectionists off, that's their problem.


Questions without answers don't count towards your accept rate - look at my question list on meta for example: 9 questions, 5 have answers, 3 are accepted and I have an accept rate of 60%


BoltClock and awoodland are right (it's just this question that is "dragging down" your accept rate), but there are some things you can do to attract attention to your questions:

  1. Edit to improve them.
  2. Offer a bounty.
  3. Share the link with friends or on Twitter, etc.

You should also:

  1. Post your own answer if you've solved the problem
  2. Delete the question if you've realized that the PEBKAC

How could you accept an answer that doesn't exist?

If your question is unanswered, maybe its quality isn't good enough and you should considerate improve it or delete it if it's not improvable.

If you think that it is a really good question, then you can still offer a bounty on your question and get some attention that'll surely lead to an answer.

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