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I have posted an answer to a question, and I really think the answer was good, as I received some up votes, and I really tried my best to answer the question.

It happens though the question has been closed, and I was wondering if opening a new question, pointing out an appropriate, and answering my own question, would be acceptable, considering the stack overflow policy rules.

Is it wrong for me to pose a new question and answer it by myself?

Here is the question I'm referring to, and my answer is there too: How to create combinators (lambda calculus) of Data structures?

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@Bart By being able to improve the question asked, do you mean I should edit the question? Can I edit a question even if it's closed?And would it be reopened then? – Rubens Dec 23 '12 at 14:09
I have edited the question, and flagged it for reopening evaluation. Thanks for the prompt support! – Rubens Dec 23 '12 at 14:52
The edit that you've made doesn't actually improve the question, it just adds words. The fundamental question is still "Can someone give an example of a data structure definition, for example, a queue, or a stack, in which is shown the application of a fixed point combinator?" which is "Not Constructive". I appreciate that you're involved in this question, but frankly, you shouldn't answer, or try to improve questions like this in the first place; there simply is no good answer, nor is there any good way to make these good questions. – casperOne Dec 23 '12 at 17:51
In other words, what is the practical, answerable problem here? There is none, which is why we close very open ended, broad questions such as this. Next time, please vote to close and flag for moderator attention. There are much better questions to be answered on the site than this. – casperOne Dec 23 '12 at 17:52
As for asking and answering a question yourself, it's perfectly ok to do so. We even encourage it. But it has to be a quality question. If it's the same as what you've already answered, then there's nothing of quality there (as per the previous comments). – casperOne Dec 23 '12 at 17:54
@JollyOldSaintNicholas Thanks for your comments; I understand now why my edit is not enough for reopening the question. Do you think an edit like: "help building a stack data structure definition in lambda calculus" cause the question to be reopened? I guess this would not be a broad question as the former. – Rubens Dec 23 '12 at 18:07
There's not really an edit that you can make in this situation. With regards to the title, your title isn't any less broad than the original. The question, even more generally than I've pointed out before is "do my work for me". We don't favor those questions, and there's not really any way to improve them. The edits that you're making are just information to help people who answer to do the work for the person asking the question, and we explicitly discourage that here. You can't fabricate a problem that you know nothing about. – casperOne Dec 23 '12 at 18:14
It's a great answer, but I'd stop worrying about the question being closed or opened. If it's deleted, we can undelete it, but there's really no salvaging the question in my eyes. Now, if you had a real, practical, answerable problem (perhaps how to do this with a sample of what you've tried), then that question can be asked. And then we could close the original craptacular question as a duplicate of your new question, and then merge it, which would move your answer over and keep your rep on the answer intact. – casperOne Dec 23 '12 at 18:16
In other words, craft a quality question that shows what the problem is (make one up, but make it a legitimate problem, it's harder than you think, trust me) that is also a duplicate, then comment at me here or flag for moderator attention to close as a duplicate, reference this meta question, and we'll merge your answer into your new question. – casperOne Dec 23 '12 at 18:18
@JollyOldSaintNicholas More than I could expect, really! Thank very very much for your attention! I'll try to make a feasible question, and then I'll post a comment here for merging the question, if the question gets really acceptable. Once more, thank you very much for the patience in answering me. I've learned a lot here! – Rubens Dec 23 '12 at 18:21
No problem. Just make sure it's a good question that a) shows the problem b) shows what you've tried c) doesn't change your answer on the original question and d) the other question can be closed as a dupe of and then I'll take care of the rest. – casperOne Dec 23 '12 at 18:23
@Jolly off topic, do you plan to revive your "community blog" suggestion at some point? I have a couple of ideas re what could be on-topic there. No hurry at all, just curious whether you withdrew it or just did a pit stop to reword it. – Pëkka Dec 23 '12 at 20:10
@JollyOldSaintNicholas I've posted a question which I hope obeys the four requirements a, b, c, and d, you've pointed. Here is the link to it: stackoverflow.com/questions/14015990/… – Rubens Dec 24 '12 at 1:01
@JollyOldSaintNicholas Do you think the question stackoverflow.com/questions/14015990/… complies the requirements you pointed? If you find it's good enough, could you merge the answer with the new post? Or even tell me what is lacking in the question I've written? Regards! – Rubens Dec 26 '12 at 14:07
@Rubens Let me check... Hold please. – casperOne Dec 26 '12 at 16:05

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Please don't just ask a new question with the exact same answer. After all, you would more or less be creating an exact duplicate. Even if your question ends up being better.

Closed questions are not necessarily deleted. Especially if there is valuable content contained within the answers. To make sure this doesn't happen, you might want to improve the original question. After all, you seem to have a clear idea of what the OP tried to ask. So why not try to improve it to something that can stand up to scrutiny?

Once you've edited the question into shape, you can either see whether or not it gathers the necessary reopen votes. Or you could flag for moderator attention, explaining what you've done and ask for it to be considered for reopening.

Do make sure though that not any edit will mean the question gets reopened. It has to be a good question for the site, according to the site's rules. But if you think you can rephrase the question so it becomes a good one (in line with what the OP originally intended), why not give it a try.

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Thank you very much; I'm trying to rephrase the question, and then I'll flag the post as you said (: – Rubens Dec 23 '12 at 14:25
Great, good luck. – Bart Dec 23 '12 at 14:26

Asking and answering your own question is actually encouraged. That's the 'blog' part of this diagram that currently appears in the /about page of nearly every site in our network.

But, prior to doing what you're contemplating, ask yourself the following:

  • Will your question lead more people to the solution they are looking for?
  • Can the existing question just be edited and turned around, perhaps with some help from moderators? Am I just creating an (albeit better) duplicate?
  • Could some of the answers from the poorly asked question sufficiently answer the one I want to write? (hint: edit instead)

We'd much prefer to have a single incarnation of each question. If you really feel that an existing, poorly asked question (and the answers it received) are blocking you from hitting a grand slam with a great canonical question and answer, involve us first by flagging.

In other words, if a train wreck is getting in your way, we'll probably help you by clearing the tracks. If you have some awesome stuff to share that has not been covered, you should absolutely feel free to share it as the blog post describes. Otherwise, involve us [moderators] for best results. We may need to have a quick chat prior to taking action, but we're here to help when it comes to things like this.

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Thanks very much for your answer; I considered Bart solution, reasserted by your post, and I'm trying to improve the question, so that I may flag it later for reopening. – Rubens Dec 23 '12 at 14:42
Flag if you run into trouble. Thanks for taking the time to make an improvement. – Tim Post Dec 23 '12 at 14:43

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