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Here's a situation I face with one of my own questions:

I'm not sure what the hell to do with this. My current plan is to eventually accept my own answer.

Right now, the question is on my record as being unanswered. I wish this not to be the case.

I am not sure if I should delete it. I don't believe deleted questions show in search results, but I want this question to show up in searches so that people looking for this information can get pointed to the correct solution.

I am not sure if it should be closed. I don't know if closed answers show up in search results. If they do, then closing is fine. But I can't close it alone; I need other users to join with me. This means my accept rate is lower than it would be if I could close it by myself. If they don't show up in search results, then I don't want to close it.

In short, my goals are to:

  • "Close" my question to further answers
  • Remove the question from my list of unanswered questions
  • Have my question come up in search results as a "signpost" for the correct answer

What should I do?

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Leave your question there and accept your answer with the link to the answer you found on the other question.

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Is that always best? It seems a bit cheesy... – Won't Feb 3 '10 at 18:45
And if you want to avoid the appearance of rep-gaming, you could make the answer wiki. – mmyers Feb 3 '10 at 18:45
@Will -why cheesy? You're providing a service to people who end up at your question. I think it's perfectly legitimate. I have a couple of questions where I've provided my own answer after having done a bit more research and I have no problem accepting them when they are the best answer to the question. – tvanfosson Feb 3 '10 at 20:08

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