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Can I answer my own questions, even those where I knew the answer before asking?

Am i the only one who find it's absurd to allow a user to answer to his own question, then vote to his own answer and accept it as the right answer?

as this one:

How to add shadow to a group of CALayer using CATransform3D

Isn't this a way to encourage users to spam stackoverflow with questions/answer just to get easy extra reputation points?

  • @gnat : thanks for your comment. i can read there: "users can answer their questions (but not earlier than 48 hours after asking the question)." . But i found today an answer posted just a minute after the question, that's why i wondered if there were something wrong...
    – meronix
    Jan 18 '13 at 15:36
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    The 48-hour minimum time limit is for accepting your own answer, not for posting it. Maybe the answer in the other thread should be edited to make that clearer. Jan 18 '13 at 15:41
  • I dismissed your flag by the way. No harm done. Jan 18 '13 at 15:50
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    @meronix note another statement there: "only restriction is placed on new users with less than 100 reputation; they are not able to do so for the first 8 hours since the question was asked. No such restriction exists if you have more than 100 reputation..."
    – gnat
    Jan 18 '13 at 15:52
  • @BoltClock's a Unicorn: yes, thanks, now it's clearer how it works... and with these rules now it's clear why i can find around users with 2 login-name, to vote one each other
    – meronix
    Jan 18 '13 at 16:00
  • See also: "Encyclopedia Stack Exchange" Jan 18 '13 at 16:25
  • @meronix: If you have evidence of voting circles like that, by all means flag a post for a Moderator to look at. (Be sure to use the "other" option to detail your suspicions.) Note, though, that the serial-vote-reversal algorithm usually finds and deals with these situations.
    – ale
    Jan 18 '13 at 16:36

Your statements are a bit misguided.

  1. The user doesn't get the +15 rep for the accepted answer if they're answering their own question.
  2. The user can't upvote or downvote their own answer, ever.
  • thanks, that make sense
    – meronix
    Jan 18 '13 at 15:38

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