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I'm seeing more users who ask their question, and engage in discussion in comments (under their question, and under my own answers), but then the conversation gets to a point where what I think is needed is for them to edit their question with a clarification.

Then what they do is add a new answer to their own question with the clarification. This is frustrating because then it's a matter of telling them "hey, what you really want to do is update your question."

Now, on your own question, there is an alert() that pops up that says:

Are you sure you want to answer your own question?

If you're responding to answers left under your question, use the comments link under each answer.

My suggestion is that this could be updated to say something like:

If you need to add details to your original question, use "edit" to add examples, details, code you've tried, etc.

There may be another way to handle it, but some newer users seem not to get it, and I suspect a UI change might help alleviate this practice.

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Even more, the sites show the comment fields expanded by default for new users on answers to questions they own. But indeed, some still don't get it... –  Arjan Jun 14 '10 at 17:26
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Good point. There are times when self-answering is fine, but a little discouragement to self-answer, and a little encouragement to edit their question would be good. I think a small change could make a good impact. Even a little text next to the [Answer Your Question] button like "answer your question is meant for solutions - if you need to change or add details to your question, use edit, not Answer Your Question" ... obviously needs a writer. :-) –  artlung Jun 14 '10 at 17:31
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@arlung: Are you sure you want to answer your own question? If you're responding to answers left on your question, use the comments link under each answer. appears when trying to self answer. –  perbert Jun 14 '10 at 17:54
    
@perbert That's right! I think we encourage users to use comments great! What we don't tell people is that they should EDIT their question if they need to add details or add clarifications. Instead, I see users adding an answer when what they mean to do is refine their question. –  artlung Jun 14 '10 at 18:13

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ok, changed to

Are you sure you want to answer your own question?

If you're responding to answers left on your question, enter comments under each answer.

If you need to add details to your question, use the edit link under your question.

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Great! I hope it has an impact! –  artlung Jun 15 '10 at 12:41

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