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Is it OK to post a question and self answer it within 1 minute? Does that amount to gaming the system?

Here is the example I'm referring to.

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No, nothing wrong with that. –  Cody Gray Jul 16 '11 at 15:38
    
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The specific sin here is spamming the large [c++] audience with a non C++ jeopardy question. Corrected. This isn't addressed in any of the linked questions afaict. Well, too late. –  Uphill Luge Jul 16 '11 at 16:27
    
Agreed that the C++ tag doesn't belong. I missed that or I'd have edited it myself. But that's not what was asked here. The linked questions do answer the question asked in the title. Mistagged questions are another problem altogether, covered in more detail here: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/98590/… –  Cody Gray Jul 17 '11 at 4:49

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My take on this: The question had better be useful to others, otherwise there's no point in posting it here. i.e. Not a "find my parse error" question. The answer had better be spot on too, otherwise it belongs in the question as "This is what I've tried". Otherwise, I do find this a bit odd, but nonetheless helpful. If the user gets votes, he deserves it for sharing something he could have kept to himself.

I don't think the time between posts has any bearing, but if OP was interested in hearing other answers - it would probably be beter to post his solution later, otherwise people will assume it's resolved. However, this could be seen as being "tricky" or wasting people's time.

Sometimes I feel inclined to do this when I can't find the answer on SO, but I've resolved the issue finally after my own efforts and research. I would have been happy to have found the answer here first, so in the spirit of giving - I think it's great to post it as a question+answer. If I was looking for this, surely someone else will be too, and now the answer is on SO.

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