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Can I answer my own questions, even those where I knew the answer before asking?

Am i the only one who find it's absurd to allow a user to answer to his own question, then vote to his own answer and accept it as the right answer?

as this one:

How to add shadow to a group of CALayer using CATransform3D

Isn't this a way to encourage users to spam stackoverflow with questions/answer just to get easy extra reputation points?

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marked as duplicate by gnat, Rory, Austin Henley, Lance Roberts, lunboks Jan 18 '13 at 17:24

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

@gnat : thanks for your comment. i can read there: "users can answer their questions (but not earlier than 48 hours after asking the question)." . But i found today an answer posted just a minute after the question, that's why i wondered if there were something wrong... – meronix Jan 18 '13 at 15:36
The 48-hour minimum time limit is for accepting your own answer, not for posting it. Maybe the answer in the other thread should be edited to make that clearer. – Ilmari Karonen Jan 18 '13 at 15:41
I dismissed your flag by the way. No harm done. – BoltClock's a Unicorn Jan 18 '13 at 15:50
@meronix note another statement there: "only restriction is placed on new users with less than 100 reputation; they are not able to do so for the first 8 hours since the question was asked. No such restriction exists if you have more than 100 reputation..." – gnat Jan 18 '13 at 15:52
@BoltClock's a Unicorn: yes, thanks, now it's clearer how it works... and with these rules now it's clear why i can find around users with 2 login-name, to vote one each other – meronix Jan 18 '13 at 16:00
See also: "Encyclopedia Stack Exchange" – Brad Larson Jan 18 '13 at 16:25
@meronix: If you have evidence of voting circles like that, by all means flag a post for a Moderator to look at. (Be sure to use the "other" option to detail your suspicions.) Note, though, that the serial-vote-reversal algorithm usually finds and deals with these situations. – Al E. Jan 18 '13 at 16:36

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up vote 10 down vote accepted

Your statements are a bit misguided.

  1. The user doesn't get the +15 rep for the accepted answer if they're answering their own question.
  2. The user can't upvote or downvote their own answer, ever.
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thanks, that make sense – meronix Jan 18 '13 at 15:38

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