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I would like to ask everyone if it is appropriate to post a solution to a "problem" in my web development projects. It would be in a format such as "Needed a way to solve (insert problem here) and here is the solution that I came up with"

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Just ask the question on how to do it then post your answer. This is a specifically allowed way of doing it.

It makes more sense to ask "How do I combine tables and CSS?" than to state "Here's how I combined tables and CSS".

Note that you won't get points for accepting your own answer nor will it rise to the top (unless it gets the most votes). If you want to be sneaky, don't ask the question until you have the answer ready to post in. That makes it more likely that people will vote you up (if you're that way inclined).

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Ah I see. Because I was thinking to even attach files with the solution but I see that you cannot upload files here. I suppose I could insert a link to a place where one could download it. –  7wp Feb 16 '09 at 4:29
    
You can insert a link but I frown on link-only answers, even Google/Wikipedia. I'd prefer to see real answers (with a link if you wish) since I like SO self-contained. If it's too big, put the basic steps here and link to the expanded one, then even if your link disappears, there's still some value. –  paxdiablo Feb 16 '09 at 4:42

sure. you can post it as an answer to your own question. maybe somebody else might give a better answer too.

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Why not just write a blog post and explain your solution?

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Because we're addicted to Stack Overflow, obviously. –  Josh Lee Feb 16 '09 at 4:28
    
But would it be appropriate to post the link of that blog in here ? –  7wp Feb 16 '09 at 4:30
    
Yes, I think it would be. –  Graviton Feb 16 '09 at 4:33
    
@Roberto If you did then it might be closed as 'spam'. –  ChrisW Feb 16 '09 at 4:41
    
I think it would be better to post the full text as an answer (maybe with a link at the end for supplemental files). It's better that the site is self-contained since blogs aren't usually around forever, and it's easier to search within the site anyway. –  Jay Conrod Feb 16 '09 at 4:45
    
@Graviton Good question. I've thought about this too. I feel that in blogging articles are splintered amongst different blogs. Also that theres no unified "quality control". So you can write a great post but no one may see it. On Stackoverflow the data seems to be more organized, almost like an informal Wikipedia –  yxk Mar 7 '11 at 23:00

If you search StackOverflow first and can't find a similar/identical question already, AND you believe it was a non-obvious answer that other people will benefit from, then I can't see why not.

In this case you may want to create a normal question (phrase the title as a question) and immediately post your answer, as an actual answer. That allows other users to either indicate your answer is useful/correct or add their own answers.

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Like Pax said, you can answer your own question.

Another option is to create a community wiki. I think the community wiki "questions" are great for solutions to potential questions and/or some how toos.

If your how too gets into article territory, then I think a blog posting is probably the most appropriate. That line isn't well defined though IMHO.

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