How do you stop people from asking and answering their own questions en masse?

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    Like what is density times volume?
    – snicker
    Oct 26, 2009 at 22:09
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    Sometimes you find the answer before anyone else does. What is wrong with that?
    – Troggy
    Oct 26, 2009 at 22:15
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    Well, I imagine the priest might have a problem if they're doing it on mass ... But that's really between the two of them. :) (Sorry, couldn't resist. I'm fixing that spelling to en masse.)
    – John Rudy
    Oct 26, 2009 at 22:28
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    My comment isn't funny anymore =[
    – snicker
    Oct 26, 2009 at 22:47

4 Answers 4


You do realize that..

  • you have to wait 2 days to accept your own answer
  • you don't get any rep for accepting your own answer

Beyond that, is this really a problem in practice and not just in theory?

  • You don't have to wait if you've set the bounty and it expires within that 2 day waiting period. meta.stackexchange.com/questions/26305/…
    – random
    Oct 26, 2009 at 23:29
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    @random: you have even less to win (and more to lose) by winning your own bounty.
    – perbert
    Oct 27, 2009 at 0:18
  • You answer your own question if no one else can and then the question is answered for everyone. if the question cant be answered and then you find the answer, then you have a very good question that you have just answered. WTF!
    – user175001
    Feb 20, 2012 at 9:01

What's wrong with people answering their own questions?

OP stands no gain to answer their own question, other than to share with the community. You get no reputation for answering your own question.

  • Well I think that some people might think they are entitled to the reputation for the "correct" answer, and the OP reposts the correct answer and accepts his own.
    – snicker
    Oct 26, 2009 at 22:11
  • Doesn't that defeat the spirit of The Trilogy and only hurt the OP?
    – snicker
    Oct 26, 2009 at 22:11
  • Good point. I would upvote your answer but something is preventing me from doing so.
    – snicker
    Oct 26, 2009 at 22:13
  • you mean if the OP accepts his own answer, they don't get +10 for accepted answeR?
    – user68183
    Oct 26, 2009 at 22:14
  • @snicker: now you look a bit schizophrenic, talking to yourself that way :)
    – perbert
    Oct 27, 2009 at 0:17

By design, it's always been OK to ask a question and answer it yourself. One of the first SO questions I ever asked I did exactly that.

That said, over time, the social mores have changed a bit, and it's at least considered better form if you mark your own answer as community wiki such that you don't get rep from it.

In my opinion, this isn't a big issue. Other answers can come up and be just as good, and voted just as highly. It's not like the OP posting his own answer prevents others from posting theirs. And if theirs are better, the community will reward them.


in theory, i'm not even sure this would be a Bad Thing

in practice, it is never going to happen because Jon Skeet will answer the questions en masse before the masses can

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