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The percentage of accepted answers on MY is currently 34.4% (you can check the latest for yourself by entering hasaccepted:yes then is:question in the search box of the main site and dividing those numbers). This puts MY in place 125 out of 136 or bottom 8% across all MY sites (see this SE DataExplorer query).

Leaving aside the valid reasons why a Judaism site might have a lower percentage of accepted answers, I wonder if we should encourage users to accept answers a few days after asking questions? I don't see people doing this today, maybe because they feel self-conscious about asking on questions they answered (DoubleAA asked exactly this a few years ago).

This could become a "MY norm" the same way we have an excellent one for welcoming new users which many of us use. It would have the benefits of

  • giving positive feedback and the associated point credit to the responder
  • hopefully encouraging responders to write more in the future
  • avoiding that the Community user bumps to the homepage questions with valid answers

I am thinking of a text like

If you are happy that one of the answers below successfully responded to your question, please think of accepting it. This encourages more answers and will give positive feedback to the responder.

If the community likes the idea, I am sure we can do much better with the proposed standard text.

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  • The tooltip on the site switcher says there are 171 sites at the moment. I see that query explicitly lists the sites -- looks like it could use some updates. – Monica Cellio Dec 10 '17 at 3:31
  • @MonicaCellio yes you are right - this being said MY would still be in the bottom 27% even if all newer sites had worse accept rates. If half had better rates, MY would be bottom 17%. Anyway you look at it, many other sites have better accept rates – mbloch Dec 10 '17 at 4:22
  • Would not "zeh vzeh divry eloking chaim" be a reason not to insist on accepting answers? – Aba Dec 19 '17 at 21:21
  • @Aba I love this! Still sometimes it is clear one answer is much better than others but you make a very strong point. – mbloch Dec 20 '17 at 4:27
  • R Sacks has written the best rebuttal to my proposal in God Loves Those Who Argue – mbloch Jan 4 '18 at 4:30
  • Independently of you question, I had the same feeling. Do we have any news regarding this issue? – Kazi bácsi Mar 1 '18 at 16:40
  • @Kazibácsi there are no news but see my 3 comments above your question - feels to me that there are valid reasons not to pursue my proposal – mbloch Mar 1 '18 at 16:41
  • The two MY posts argues the other point in my opinion, while I don't understand why encouraging people to accept a good answer may limit debate. Accepted answer can be a help for new users – Kazi bácsi Mar 1 '18 at 16:45

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