I have been "accepting answers" to my questions by up voting the good answers received for my questions. However, I have a 0% accept rate. :(

Apparently, I do not know how to accept answers.

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Related reference: How does accepting an answer work? –  Werner Nov 22 '13 at 19:51

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up vote 25 down vote accepted

Welcome to TeX.SE! you accept an answer by clicking on the green checkmark next to the answer. Voting up good answers is a way of saying it is a good answer, but there can be many good answers, but only one accepted answer.

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Here's what an unaccepted and an accepted answer looks like:

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To add on this: accordant to the stack exchange staff you should accept the answer which helped you the most. There might be the situation that another answer is actually technical more correct or more popular. Of course, you have the last say which question you accept or if you accept any answer so far. –  Martin Scharrer Oct 8 '11 at 17:27

There's another difference between upvoting and accepting: After a short "grace" period, an upvote can't be undone (unless the upvoted answer has been edited). In contrast, an accepted answer can be "un-accepted" any time later. (A valid reason for doing so is that a new "late" answer supersedes the previously accepted one.)

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Associated with accepting an answer (clicking on the arrow below the voting buttons) is an added bonus - reputation! If you read the main site FAQ entry on What is reputation?, you'll note that when accepting an answer, the acceptor receives +2 in reputation.

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and the "acceptee" recieves +15, so with +10 for up-vote, you can give a total +25 to the author of the answer you consider the most helpful! :) –  tohecz Feb 2 '12 at 10:03

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protected by Werner Apr 7 '12 at 3:28

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