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I recently searched for an answer to a programming question with Google. After the search did not turn up anything, I went to Stack Overflow chat and asked there, because it was more a question about which solution to a problem I had was best (that means I had a solution already, but wasn't sure if it was best).

After some discussion some alternate solutions came up that I liked better. I had the idea that it might be a good question / answer pair since that way it would be documented for future searching.

So, would it be OK to create a question / answer pair on SO just for reference? Or is it better to just forget about it? What is the SO policy? Does that belong more on Programmers?

marked as duplicate by gnat, Martijn Pieters discussion Oct 7 '14 at 16:26

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Sure, create a question (and answer) from the chat discussion.

Absolutely no reason not to - it has the added benefit of not having to trawl through chat and see the whole discussion - just a question and an answer.

It wouldn't hurt to link to the chat transcript, so people can see where it all came from though.

Of course, the question should be on-topic for the site and both question and answer conform to the established quality standards.

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