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For the second time (IIRC) since I have joined SO, I have found the answer on my own, immediately (within minutes) after posting the question. I answered my own question the first time, but seeing that there are some "scandals" where people ask and answer, just to get reputation, I am not so sure anymore. Sure I can select my own answer after 2 days, but I am confused.

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If you're finding your own answers within minutes after posting... wait a few more minutes before posting the next one. :) –  Gnome Oct 25 '10 at 10:14
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Waiting doesn't help anyone. In fact I would think that an immediate ask and answer would be a good thing. If something stumped you for a bit, why not share the answer with the community? –  Matthew Smith Oct 25 '10 at 11:45
    
I'm kind of relieved to see this question. One of my first questions was about something I later figured out the answer for (maybe a day later, after a lot more digging) and I just answered it without thinking - I figured that if someone else came with the same question, they'd want to see the information / answer even if it was found by the same person. whew –  user195201 Sep 6 '12 at 19:43
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@theTuxRacer: I was kind of expecting you to answer this one. –  Chris Gerken Sep 6 '12 at 19:47

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up vote 7 down vote accepted

but seeing that there are some "scandals" where people ask and answer, just to get get reputation, I am not so sure anymore.

No, this is perfectly okay practice. There is no rep gain for answering your own question; accepting your own answer will not give you the 15-point bonus; and you can't upvote your own answer.

If no other answer is correct, it is perfectly fine to go this way; it is even encouraged.

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oh right, the scandal was creating a duplicate account, and upvoting. Thanks. –  theTuxRacer Oct 25 '10 at 9:53

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