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I have heard that my own answers are not included in my badge calculations? This seems wrong to me as I have answered my own, old unanswered, questions and should be an Unsung Hero in that regards.

Not a big badge hunter, but interested in reasoning nonetheless.

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To which badge are you referring? – kiamlaluno Sep 8 '10 at 19:35
Overall question, but Unsung Hero. – Dustin Laine Sep 8 '10 at 19:52
up vote 6 down vote accepted

If you answer someone else's question and it's accepted, you'd normally get an upvote as well and unsung hero is a consolation for providing a helpful answer that nobody upvoted. If you've answered your own question, there's no such guarantee that the answer is helpful.

Although it’s fine to ask and answer your own question — this is specifically encouraged in the faq — you’ll have to rely on the community to upvote your answer and validate it as correct. You, sir (or madam), are biased. Of course your answer to your own question will be the best possible answer. You wrote the darn thing!

While that blog entry is out-of-date and not about exactly the same topic, it still explains why having a self-accepted answer doesn't mean much by itself.

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My issue is that I had a couple questions that were unanswered for months. With my gained experience I was able to provide an answer. No worries, just curious. – Dustin Laine Sep 8 '10 at 21:00

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