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Answering one's own question is A Good Thing, but what about when there is no value in the question or answer?

An example is Android TextView.setText() is appending, not setting. where there is an underlying issue that isn't addressed in the original question, the OP solves the underlying issue, and answers the question with a general "turns out I xxx and there's no problem thanks for your time".

What if anything should be done about this? Personally, when I've asked a question that turns out to have an underlying cause, I've edited the question to explain what was going on and provided the resolution.

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up vote 8 down vote accepted

Sounds like a perfect case for the "too localized" closing.

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Good call. I guess I thought 'too localized' was too specific. –  Ben Scott Jul 13 '11 at 12:53
    
"Too localized" seems to suit those cases where the user reports he found what he did wrong, especially when the user is not adding an answer to report what he did to resolve the issue. Clearly, if the solution is, for example, to add a forgotten "#include" line which is clearly reported as necessary in the library documentation, then the question is still too localized. –  kiamlaluno Jul 13 '11 at 13:22
    
Too localized is a perfect first step to deletion. These questions will never help anyone else in the future of the Interwebz, so there's just no use keeping them around. Ideally, the asker would delete them herself upon realizing her error. We all make mistakes. –  Cody Gray Jul 13 '11 at 13:27
    
I never really understood that closing reason. Good call. –  staticx Jul 13 '11 at 14:06
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