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What is an accept rate, and how does it work?

Hi I am a newcomer. Many people have helped me out many times. Recently I came to know about acceptance rate to reward my responders, but I don't know how...

  • Click the check mark next to the correct answer to accept it – Lou Franco Aug 5 '10 at 11:59
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    Shouldn't this be community wiki? – Nathon Aug 5 '10 at 12:01
  • @Nathon: why should it be? OP is just asking what acceptance rate on Stack Overflow is and how it works. Nothing more. – BoltClock's a Unicorn Aug 5 '10 at 12:02
  • I need to fix the main FAQ, which is apparently not linking the accept rate FAQ. – Grace Note Aug 5 '10 at 12:15

You ask a question and people answer. When you are happy with an answer you accept the answer. Sometimes you may not get a satisfying answer (rarely if you ask good questions!).

If you accept an answer for all of your questions your acceptance rate is 100%.

If you accept an answer for just half of you questions your acceptance rate is 50%.

To accept an answer you simply click the tick mark next to the large number of votes next to the answer (left column).

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Your "acceptance rate" is a measure of the amount of questions for which you have accepted an answer. You can accept an answer by clicking the tick to the left of the answer.

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There are several ways to reward responses:

  • upvote (as soon as you have 15 rep, see the faq
  • accept one answer as the correct one, i.e. the one that helped you most (click on the checkmark next to it) See also How does accepting an answer work?
  • award one or more bounties (you need 100 rep for this)
  • you can also leave a comment, but please only if it is more than "thanks" (upvote = "thanks" and suffices)

The acceptance rate is only a statistical number to show others how many of your questions have accepted answers (in relation to your total question count).

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