There are some questions out there asking for punishment of 0% accept rate users, and they are obviously wrong because there are valid reasons to have a 0% accept rate. One of them is being new to Stack Overflow as a whole and lets be honest, the check mark next to an answer isn't quite self explaining, and who really reads the FAQ?
So instead of punishing users for having a 0% accept rate, or discouraging users from answering questions from people with 0% accept rate (which is equally wrong because it just decreases the quality of the answers), how about telling the user that there might be a problem when they create a new question. No pop up like "Hey stupid, go and accept some answers", but a simple and clear one liner above the editor right under the suggestions with a link to the FAQ on meta that explains accepting and voting as a whole. It could have the same background box as the
Similar Questions box on the right when creating a new question (beige with red text on meta).
Pros I would see:
- Users still can create new questions (which in no way should be discouraged)
- Users who are new to SO learn about accept rate before the raging mass spams up their comments, which leads to...
- ... No more spam like "hey, your accept rate is low. Go and accept some answers" in the comments
The only downside I see is that it might lead to users accepting answers for the wrong reasons, just to get rid of the box. So the box should be as less annoying as possible while still being visible, which I think works best if it looks like the
Similar Questions box (but I'm not an UI/UX designer, so that might be a not so bright idea)
"...and who really reads the FAQ?"- I for one did read the FAQ... And more to your point,
"a simple and clear one liner above the editor right under the suggestions with a link to the FAQ"is just as likely to be unread if they didn't read the FAQ in the first place.
being new to Stack Overflow as a wholedoesn't the accept rate only show after you've asked five questions? That hardly counts as "new".