I have a suggestion for combating the 0% accept rate some users have, and continue to ask crappy questions.

Perhaps if they get to 10 questions with 0% accept rate (using the existing metric), could we hit them with a please accept an answer on a previous question to ask your new question.

I know SO now have the asking questions advice page if they have a low rep, but I was wondering if forcing them to accept one would help - maybe they just don't know how to accept, and if they were forced to accept one, then they would know how to from then on in.

I know SO has always been about freedom of asking questions, but I think after having asked 10 questions you need to give something back (by awarding rep, at least). It may clear up some noise at least.


There is already a system in place to deal with people who issue a lot of bad questions (as determined by downvotes). They are prevented from asking any more until they contribute to the site in a positive manner.

Acceptance rates are displayed, so you can make your own policy. My opinion is that no one is bound to accept anything, and you are not owed an acceptance.

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  • You can ask questions with 0 reputation, thus down votes don't stop you from asking but simply from gaining any reputation. – Tyler Carter Nov 13 '10 at 1:04
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    @Chacha: There is now a system in place that locks users out if they ask too many bad questions. I'll find you a link... meta.stackexchange.com/q/68616/2509 meta.stackexchange.com/questions/63432/… and especially the link I added to the answer. – dmckee --- ex-moderator kitten Nov 13 '10 at 1:07
  • What about the good faith responders for those who have to suffer through the first "bad questions period"? :: Also, +1 for "you are not owed an acceptance". Good reminder. – jcolebrand Nov 13 '10 at 2:00

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