Should I just NOT ANSWER people with 0% accept rate (and of course tell them why)? Or should I just give them a link to the FAQ and tell them that accepting gives not only the person who answers them reputation points but them too? I don't really see it fair to those people that work hard to make a good answer and it really is a misuse of the site.

Bottom line: what to do when someone has a 0% accept rate?

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    You're not just writing an answer for the answerer. You're writing your answer for the internet at large.
    – badp
    May 9, 2012 at 18:04
  • Good point, thank you : )
    – Lysol
    May 9, 2012 at 18:11
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    Fun fact, comments that contain the words "accept rate" can be deleted by any user instantly! Obviously pointing out their accept rate will not be constructive. meta.stackexchange.com/a/125533
    – Resorath
    May 10, 2012 at 16:41

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Why not ask our big brothers?

In any case, my personal opinion is to add a short, polite comment urging the users to review past answers and accept them, e.g.

Looks like you've already asked a bunch of questions but never accepted any of the answers. I think you're more likely to get better answers this time if you take the time to review the answers to your old questions and accept the ones which have been most helpful.

  • Thank you for your answer : )
    – Lysol
    May 9, 2012 at 18:12
  • I think we may also need to go knocking on the doors upstairs because while accepted answers are mentioned in the FAQ, they don't appear until some of the sections are expanded. I think we would have fewer problems if that information was presented more prominently.
    – MBraedley
    May 9, 2012 at 19:48

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