I was over reading Meta Stack Overflow and came across an admittedly old post called Slow Down Selfish Users where the OP takes users who don't choose answers frequently enough to task for being "selfish" users. He asserts that by asking (and perhaps answering?) more questions than you accept answers for asked questions makes you a selfish user who is only interested in increasing your own rep while not giving back to the community by awarding people by selecting answers to your questions.
Is this how people truly feel about the Stack?
I do go through my questions and choose answers, but I admit it's few and far between that I sit down and concentrate on this task (when I choose an answer I read every answer and check out every link provided, so it's not a breezy task). My accept rate is around 57% right now -- is this considered poor participation? It seems like users on MSO have mixed feelings on whether or not just asking questions and not choosing answers is a contribution to the community or not. I definitely ask questions more frequently than I choose answers, but I eventually do choose answers to my questions.
- Is there an expected period of time within which an answer to a question should be selected?
- Is it poor form to ask more questions than to answer more questions? In my case, Harry Potter is my only fandom (well, okay, I dabble LOTR and Star Wars) and I have no control over when someone else posts a Harry Potter question, and I think it would be really bad form to post my own questions just to have something to answer. But I don't want to be thought of negatively because of this.
- Is there an answer acceptance rate that is considered to demonstrate a user is committed to the community, such as 50%, 80%, or 96%, etc.?
It's been three years since that original MSO post was made -- I'm wondering if expectations have changed when it comes to judging committed participation on the site.