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Should I ask a question I know the answer to?

A few hours ago I was stuck with an IE9 CSS problem. I normally try to first find a solution myself and if that fails, check for an existing question at SO. If there isn't one, I post it as a question.

However, this time I found the answer myself before having to access SO. I think the answer was interesting to share with the community, but it would feel silly to ask a question and immediately answer it myself.

What would be the policy/guideline in such situations?

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marked as duplicate by Brandon, Tim Post Feb 16 '11 at 21:59

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

    
I'm closing this as a duplicate after providing an answer even though I knew your question had been asked before. Your question is perfectly valid, though I stress searching for duplicates prior to answering your own question on SO. –  Tim Post Feb 16 '11 at 21:58

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If it is indeed interesting, ask the question and answer it, provided that no duplicate exists. From the FAQ:

Please look around to see if your question has already been asked (and maybe even answered!) before you ask. It’s also perfectly fine to ask and answer your own question, as long as you pretend you’re on Jeopardy: phrase it in the form of a question.

If your question (and subsequent answer) will help people find a solution to their problem, by all means, don't hesitate. Just ensure that you aren't posting a duplicate.

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I just asked this same question, not realizing it had been asked before. I had already looked in the FAQ and didn't see the answer. Turns out it requires clicking "read more" to see the remainder of that FAQ -- which is only an additional two sentences! If this comes up a lot, I'd propose making the entire FAQ visible so newbies like me can see it off the bat. –  ErinMcJ Apr 4 '12 at 22:09

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