I am used to asking many questions on Ask Ubuntu, but a few of them remain unanswered. Maybe they are too hard to answer or too technical. But this is not the point.

My accept rate is therefore lower than I would expect it to be. It might discourage people to answer my other questions, for fear that I will not approve their answers. It looks like a vicious circle.

Could the accept rate calculation please do not include unanswered questions ?

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  • it does not include unanswered questions, see flute's answer – Jeff Atwood Mar 13 '11 at 5:57

The blog post that announced the idea of accept rate said that to be counted:

  • Questions must not be community wiki.
  • Questions must not be closed.
  • Questions must be more than 3 days old.
  • Questions must have at least 1 answer.

So unless the SE team have changed their mind this is likely a bug.

However remember that most of the time accept rate isn't really important. I almost never look at people's accept rates, except for when questions like this come up on meta.

I'll leave you with a quote from our parent site; the last sentence is very true in my opinion.

What does the accept rate mean?

  • If the stat doesn’t appear at all, it’s a new user, or someone who rarely asks questions.
  • If you see a low percentage, it’s a user who asks a lot of questions but accepts almost no answers.
  • If you see a high percentage, it’s an engaged user, someone who frequently goes back and interacts with their questions after asking.
  • If you see a middle of the road percentage, it’s an experienced user who understands what accepted answers are for.
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