I recently noticed this option "Answer your own question". It says share your knowledge !

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A little read here helped me understand that

  • if you have a question that you already know the answer to
  • if you’d like to document it in public so others (including yourself) can find it later
  • it is OK to ask, and answer, your own question on a relevant Stack Exchange site.

To be crystal clear, it is not merely OK to ask and answer your own question, it is explicitly encouraged

So I went ahead an created a Q&A on something I didnt find on stackoverflow.com which I thought would be useful to some one in future.

Here is what I created


But soon after I created this, I got downvotes.

Can someone help me understand what exactly is this for ? I have alerted moderators too for this but to no avail.

Have I mis-understood this ? Please can some one help me understand this.


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Even when you self-answer a question, the question and answer are evaluated by users entirely independently of each other. If the question is a good question, it's likely to get upvotes, and if it's not it will get downvotes. The answer, on the other hand, is again evaluated in a vacuum; if it's a good answer it will tend to get upvotes, and if not you'll see downvotes. The fact that you authored both doesn't change that.

Imagine, for a second, that someone would have posted the question you posted, without an answer, and you came across it. What would you have done? How would you respond? That's what people did when they saw your question; they noticed a very poor question and downvoted accordingly.

For a question to be good on Stack Overflow it needs to be specific rather than overly broad, it needs to have a narrow enough scope that it can be answered in a few paragraphs as opposed to asking a question that takes a book to answer, it needs to be concrete enough that the answer will be evaluated based on facts, rather than a subjective basis, etc.


How to use Jqplot with ASP.NET MVC ?

Can I get a step by step detailed guide to using JqPlot with ASP.NET MVC ?

Is not a real question, and I have closed it as such:

It's difficult to tell what is being asked here. This question is ambiguous, vague, incomplete, overly broad, or rhetorical and cannot be reasonably answered in its current form.

Emphasis mine.

The self-answer feature is not some kind of golden ticket for you to post questions that are immune to getting downvoted and closed. You need to ensure your question is a good fit for our standards, not just your answer, even if you have the answer to your own question. Otherwise your question is going to get downvoted, closed and deleted, just like any other poor question on the site, and your answer won't be spared either meaning all your effort would have gone down the drain.

In this case your two-line question doesn't give anybody much to go on, while your answer has become a full-blown step by step tutorial that doesn't actually answer any specific question. It could even have qualified as "not an answer" in that respect. But my point is that had anybody else posted that answer, your question would still be closed because there are issues with your question, and not so with the answer.

By the way, moderators can't do anything about your questions getting downvoted, so I declined your flags as well. The one in the best position to do something about that, is you, the question asker.

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  • why do you think so ? what's not real about it ? Nov 9, 2012 at 16:48
  • If you were to ask it as a question, without knowing the answer, it would have been closed as well. This is not the kind of practical problem you face, which is acceptable for SO.
    – Bart
    Nov 9, 2012 at 16:49
  • waat ? really ? and my this question here on meta is also not fit ? Nov 9, 2012 at 16:51
  • Once again, downvotes on Meta are different. Please read the FAQ.
    – Bart
    Nov 9, 2012 at 16:51
  • reasonably answered in its current form. FYI I have given an answer Nov 9, 2012 at 16:51
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    @Yasser And no one downvoted your answer. That doesn't really mean the question isn't extremely poor though.
    – yannis
    Nov 9, 2012 at 16:52
  • @YannisRizos: Actually, it's sitting at +1/-1 right now.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Nov 9, 2012 at 16:52
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    @animuson Well, Meta can be a harsh mistress sometimes...
    – yannis
    Nov 9, 2012 at 16:54
  • Ok I understand everything BUT why did this question got downvoted ? Nov 9, 2012 at 16:57
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    You obviously do not understand if you ask that
    – juan
    Nov 9, 2012 at 16:59
  • @juan that is, why he asked! Nov 5, 2021 at 12:08

Your question, as stated, is not a good fit for Stack Overflow.

Yes, you are encouraged to share your knowledge, but your question still needs to meet the Stack Overflow quality standards.

Your question does not state a practical problem with the jqPlot library. Instead, it asks a open-ended, vague question on how to use it.

Had you instead posted your attempts to work with jqPlot so far, with a particular point you were having trouble with, then your question would have been much more acceptable. A self-answer to such a question is certainly very welcome.

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