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Is Stack Overflow a central store for tutorials?

Posting your own tutorials and in that post link to the tutorial on your own website? I know we can 'answer our own question', but a more extended version of this would be a full-blown tutorial.

Next to the 'Ask a question' we could have a button 'Make tutorial' which disables the answer section and gives more focus to the comment section. Also the input field (WYSIWYG editor) could be a bit more modified (Headings for example!) for the author of the tutorial. I think that this is great. Why? Loads of questions are basically the same (especially CSS or jQuery related in my experience) and if some people put some effort in writing a to-the-point and crystal clear tutorial (I would try to be one of them) we could really save people some time.

It's just an idea though. I don't know in how far this can be applied.

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marked as duplicate by Time Traveling Bobby, ChrisF, Manishearth, Shawn Chin, Pops Jun 8 '12 at 14:26

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Tutorials as self-answers were brought up just a few days ago... Is Stack Overflow a central store for tutorials? – BoltClock's a Unicorn Jun 8 '12 at 8:27

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Tutorials are neither questions nor answers. If a question needs a full-blown tutorial to answer, it is likely too broad and therefore "not a real question" or "not constructive". Your proposal of creating a format that greatly detracts from Q&A doesn't sit too well with Stack Exchange, whose very building blocks are questions and answers.

If something needs a canonical answer in our site, it should be an answer to a question, not a tutorial.

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