Currently, there is a bronze badge called Self-Learner which is rewarded for answering your own question with a score of 3 or more. I'd like to propose two more badges be created along the same lines.
- Self-Learner - Answered your own question with an answer score of 3 or more.
- Self-Educated - Answered your own question with a question score of 10 or more with an answer scoring 20 or more and being the highest scoring answer.
- Self-Made - Answered your own question with a question score of 25 or more with an answer scoring 50 or more and being the highest scoring answer.
Each badge would only be obtainable once.
The thought process is that, while it's easy to just ask a question and then answer it immediately, if you do the research to actually solve your question with a workable answer and a large number of people find it useful, then that should be rewarded.
I got the idea for this off of a question I had asked some time ago that has surprised be in the number of people who have up-voted both the question and the answer. While many other answers were made available, the solution I came up with for my problem was the best, and 20 other people had agreed with me. I believe that that is rare and deserves some merit for those who can achieve that.
EDIT: Adjusted question/answer score requirements to be more obtainable. Added requirement that your answer must also be the highest scoring answer.