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I was wondering if it is allowed on Stack Overflow to answer a question that was asked by someone who is actually sitting with you in the same room.

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It is allowed to answer your own questions. Want to guess? –  Daniel Fischer Apr 20 '12 at 21:54
    
This question is too vague, and needs to be edited, otherwise it is going to end up closed as not a real question –  Ephraim Apr 20 '12 at 21:55
    
possible duplicate –  Ephraim Apr 20 '12 at 21:58
    
@MichaelTodd What if it was frowned upon? For some that is reason enough not to do it. –  Daniel Fischer Apr 20 '12 at 22:00
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If you and your friend or co-worker are trying to set up a rep-earning network, then all I have to say is I strongly recommend against it. ಠ_ಠ –  Cody Gray Apr 20 '12 at 22:03
    
@MichaelTodd I absolutely agree. –  Daniel Fischer Apr 20 '12 at 22:03
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Maybe I'm just cynical, but this looks a bit like testing the waters for some vote fraud to me. I think answering your own question with a sockpuppet is actually allowed, but of course you'd be prohibited from voting on it or accepting it. –  lunboks Apr 20 '12 at 22:03
    
As far as I know "Cousin It" does not use stackoverflow. –  Rosinante Apr 20 '12 at 22:04
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I'm sorry, but i saw that with my own eyes. Two friends in a cafe' asking on stackoverflow.com and voting up their questions also answering it. of course i'm not gonna provide names .. i knew i would get down voted a lot. –  Ahmed Samir Apr 20 '12 at 22:22
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@AhmedSamir mods are good puppet hunters. Not even Kermit will escape their grasp. Rest assured, they will be caught eventually and all that scheming would go to waste. –  phwd Apr 20 '12 at 22:27
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Sekrit powers of moderators. –  phwd Apr 20 '12 at 22:34
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...why not just talk to each other, and answer each others' questions without Stack Overflow being in the middle? O.o –  David Thomas Apr 20 '12 at 23:33
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@DavidThomas : Are you serious ?! –  Ahmed Samir Apr 20 '12 at 23:39
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No, you can't take it back. We're onto you now! –  Cody Gray Apr 22 '12 at 0:14
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@AhmedSamir Y SO SRS? –  TylerShads Apr 22 '12 at 5:00
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There's nothing wrong with answering the question for someone sitting next to you, provided that:

  1. Other answers are being considered with the same weight as your own.
  2. There does not appear to be any abuse of the system.

Now... That said... Don't even think about voting and picking each others posts as best just because of proximity. You're not going to be friends that long anyhow, and these questions are here forever.

That and TylerShads gets angry.

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TYLERSHADS SMASHHHHHHH!!!!!! –  TylerShads Apr 20 '12 at 22:15
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DEAR GOD! DON'T MAKE HIM ANGRY! YOU WOULDN'T LIKE @TylerShads WHEN HE'S ANGRY! –  stslavik Apr 20 '12 at 22:18
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Technically It is perfectly fine.

However, if a trend develops that you and another user are asking and answering each others questions and voting for each other, mod intervention may occur as that would be construed as gaming the system.

This would be followed by at least moderator contact and at worst a suspension from the site.

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Technically, I think the answer you're looking for is Yes. :-) –  Cody Gray Apr 20 '12 at 22:10
    
Aye, whoops! :P –  TylerShads Apr 20 '12 at 22:11
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Yes

There is nothing wrong with it. It would be no different than answering your own question. The only problem would be if you up vote the question, as that may cause a moderator to suspect you of Vote Fraud, so be careful about that.

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Voting is fine if you feel that the post genuinely deserves it. I referred a friend to Phy.SE, and I've upvoted all her posts--not because I know her, but because they were great. I upvote anything that's good on P.SE. –  Manishearth Apr 21 '12 at 8:36
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Frankly, you have to be doing some really unusual stuff to get accused of voting fraud for this. Thousands of users have a few votes for co-workers on their records - it's the ones who have nothing but votes for and answers from others from the same IPs that tend to make the mods skeptical of their intentions. If nothing else, SO was never intended to be an internal helpdesk. –  Shog9 Apr 22 '12 at 2:05
    
@Shog9 any chance you're talking about this (supposedly) poor guy? –  Shadow Wizard Apr 22 '12 at 10:28
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