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Poor answers and accept rate

I have a couple of questions which I've asked, which never got an answer worthy of acceptance. I still don't know the answer to them either, so I don't want to just answer it saying "I don't know" but I also don't want my accept rate to go down. I'm not sure what to do about that.

  • Slightly off-topic, but you might want to try to get attention for your unanswered questions.
    – Bart
    Jun 11, 2012 at 14:46
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    Thanks everyone. Guess I was looking too much into the whole accepted rate thing. Jun 11, 2012 at 14:52
  • Thanks Phillip for trying, however, that's always important. Being concerned is much better and speaks much more highly of you than "meh"
    – jcolebrand
    Jun 11, 2012 at 15:41

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If you'd still benefit from a solution to the problem, just leave the questions open and don't worry about your accept rate. You currently have a accept rate of 88%. That's more than enough. Anything above 70% is actually considered excellent.

If you still need a solution, consider placing a small bounty to draw attention to your question.

If you don't need a solution any more (the problem fixed itself, etc.) and you think nobody else will ever encounter the same problem, you can delete your question. But doing this only to improve your accept rate is wrong (it's just a meaningless statistic).

Moreover, bulk-deleting question might you get question banned, so reserve deletion for truly obsolete questions.

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