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Why are questions no longer displaying the acceptance rate of a user?

I answered a question then looked at the user's profile and realized his acceptance rate was roughly less than 20%...

Probably wouldn't have answered ...

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I noticed that the other day too. The official explanation is here and a discussion of a possible replacement here.

About the removal (From Kevin Montrose):

Starting with the next build accept rate will no longer be shown.

We're still keeping track of it on the backend for various things, but the negative behavior its display encourages outweighs its benefits.

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  • Which annoys me a tiny bit because the accept rate helps motivate people to actually follow through on their questions, but I do understand their reasoning and I like the "citizenship level" idea as a replacement.
    – thanby
    Jan 30 '13 at 20:15
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    You can still comment on the question... IMO that works better as an attempt to motivate someone to accept more answers.
    – Kit Menke
    Jan 31 '13 at 21:32
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    "The system should be there to remember people to accept answer, but as now is used by people to decide if they should ignore a question." --> quote from my answer there. That score only existed to make people ignore post.
    – SPArcheon
    Feb 5 '13 at 11:40
  • @KitMenke, I tell people to accept more, but then I feel like I'm crossing the line and may come off as being rude. When is it kosher and when is it not? Feb 8 '13 at 0:52
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    @rjcup3 If you notice they have a bunch of questions with answers that should be accepted go ahead and leave a comment. "Hey [name], I noticed you have a bunch of questions without an accepted answer. Just a friendly reminder to be sure to accept the answers that have solved your problem. It helps future visitors who have the same question."
    – Kit Menke
    Feb 8 '13 at 17:10
  • @rjcup3 Speaking of accept rates ;) did I answer your question? I know what you mean about feeling like it's rude to ask, but this community does have a way of inspiring participation.
    – thanby
    Feb 11 '13 at 14:18

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