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

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1132418/delay-signing-during-development-and-not-on-the-build-server

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
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And if you want to avoid the appearance of rep-gaming, you could make the answer wiki. –  mmyers Feb 3 '10 at 18:45
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@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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