I know that I can make questions on Stack Overflow that already have the answer, by myself. But if I want to post a personal solution method for a problem (which is not necessarily the best/fastest way to do it, but may help for someone), without any kind of codes, am I allowed to do it?

  • If your solution has specific applications in which it is better than the existing answers or is easier to implement then I don't see why not. If it’s neither of these things then why bother? Commented May 22, 2013 at 21:26
  • I asked it specifically because of the solutions instead of codes, because most of the helpful answers I've seen on SO contain some kind of codes. Commented May 22, 2013 at 21:29
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    Let's put it like this: if your answer would be just fine if you were not answering your own question, it's fine when you are. There are no special rules or exceptions for self-answered questions and answers.
    – Bart
    Commented May 22, 2013 at 21:33
  • @Zoltán do you have an example of a particular answer that you're not sure about? Commented May 22, 2013 at 21:36
  • @KyleStrand of course: something like this but with less or even without codes. Commented May 22, 2013 at 21:38
  • @ZoltánSchmidt That answer actually has quite a bit of code in it...anything more than that is likely to be more annoying than useful (in my opinion, at least). Questions and answers without code are not uncommon; see, for instance, stackoverflow.com/q/761194/1858225 Commented May 22, 2013 at 21:43

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Well... yes, provided:

  • Your question is good enough to stand on its own
  • Your answer addresses the question entirely and correctly

then I don't see any particular reason why code is necessary, but it would certainly be unusual not to include some. Depends on the question, of course.

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