If I start writing up a question, and the very process of organizing my thoughts into a form appropriate for StackOverflow causes me to figure out the answer on my own, what is the appropriate thing? (Assuming the answer is more complicated than a syntax error or "I wrote > when it should have been >= etc.)

  1. Delete whatever I have of the question draft
  2. Convert the question into "answer your own question, Q&A style"
  3. It depends on whether me figuring it out was because I got better organized or because I saw a suggested question that answered my question (and thus I would be posting a duplicate)?
  4. It depends on my confidence level in the solution I figured out on my own
  5. Other
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    Really depends. Is it a simple error that you can find easily, like a syntax error? If so, probably don't post it. If it's something difficult to find... possibly a good question to post your own answer to. – hichris123 Mar 19 '14 at 22:21
  • @hichris123: edited in response – durron597 Mar 19 '14 at 22:24
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    Related: Rubber ducking (and duplicate Meta question) – michaelb958--GoFundMonica Mar 19 '14 at 22:27

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