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No, it's not OK to post 72 questions, get useful answers, and not accept any of them. I would hope some moderator would take this user aside and explain a few things about how this site works best.


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Various proposals around acceptances are floated on various metas all the time: allowing moderators to mark as accepted, allowing other users to mark as accepted, and now more or less forcing the users to accept answers. I honestly do not understand the obsession. So, there is no green checkmark next to any answer. How is that a significant problem? The ...


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In the past, the SE network has had issues with some people excessively bugging others about what they perceived as an insufficient accept rate. (Those links are all from just a single quick search on meta.SE.) This eventually got to the point where, to make it stop, the accept rate was removed from user profiles, and comments mentioning "accept rate" are ...


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It is okay to not accept any answers if they haven't really clarified what you were trying to solve. You're under no obligation to give people participation points. If the answers lead you to understanding the problem, you should always accept. In this particular case I think the fact that they have asked 72 questions implies they have gotten useful answers ...


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Regardless of the gratitude argument, accepting answers makes the sites questions easier to sift through. When there are questions that don't have accepted answers, people are more inclined to use their time to peruse the question and answers. If then they have wasted their time due to there being one or more perfectly acceptable answers, that is a loss to ...


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Okay, so I think I have the query down (not just close like last time I did a Data Explorer query) Select 47 - Datediff(month, p.CreationDate, Current_Timestamp) as Age, convert(DECIMAL(10,2), sum(case when p.AcceptedAnswerId is null then 0 else 1 end) ) / count(p....


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They tend to just up vote the answer. Users cannot vote until they have 15 points (and are registered). There is a good chance that the vote you see came from someone other than the new user. But every user is able to accept answers to their question (unless they lost access to their account). If you think they are unaware of the feature, you can ...


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I think this question can be interpreted in two ways. One is Is it morally acceptable/ethical/polite/whatever to rarely accept answers? The other is Do the rules allow people to rarely accept answers? The answer to the second question is 'yes, people are not forced to accept answers' and moderators shouldn't be able -with the current rules - to punish ...


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People accept answers as a kind of "thank you." Its a way of giving 15 points to show your appreciation. The problem is, until you have an accepted answer or you've read the FAQ, you don't know there's any points involved (this was me for about 8 months). So this whole nonsense with "accepted answers" just ends up seeming kind of pointless. You end up ...


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Suppose someone has asked twenty questions, but has accepted no answer on any of them. Is there not a strong case for preventing this person from asking any more questions?... What are your thoughts on this? To first order, I think questions should be considered on their merit, to "play the ball not the man". If it's a good question, upvote it, and if you ...


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Seventy-two questions without any accepted answers? Guess I'm not answering any of your questions.... Being serious, accepting answers shows gratitude for the answerer that helped the person asking the question the most. If people don't accept answers, the answerers may be discouraged from answering because they think that their efforts will be for naught. ...


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I do not believe we can make that sort of software change. Compare this on the main StackExchange meta: Let's stop displaying a user's accept rate - they seem to not care about accept rates. You could take their approach. If you do care about accept rates, the best thing IMHO is to leave polite comments reminding the user about accepting answers, and ...


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I'm not sure if that's already included in your statistics, but there are a lot of relatively easy questions that have an answer which is stated as a comment. This will be ok for the one who asks the question, but I also want to point out, that this habit is a bit unnerving for someone who wants to answer an unanswered question only to find, that there is an ...


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No, it's not okay, except under very special circumstances. These are the special circumstances I can think of, in rough order of likelihood: You ask a lot of questions but get no answers at all to any of them. You ask a lot of questions but get only one answer on each question. The one answer gets more than two upvotes each time, so you're not worried ...


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