After talking with a moderator on Gaming.SE, StrixVaria, regarding a question issue I have, I'm largely curious if there is an unspoken or somewhat hidden rule of not self-answering if you are high rep and leaving the question to answers from other players?

Question in context: How do I change my Profile Icon?

Chat transcript: https://chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/29471852#29471852

Context: I posted a question which I immediately self-answered. Some users found it fine to downvote but largely the issue was perhaps that I did not let other users answer the question first, especially as a high rep user.

I know about the so-called "Fastest gun in the west problem" but that doesn't pertain to self-answers.

Is there a "Fastest Gun in the West" issue with self-answers? Is there an issue with a high-rep user self answering first? Is there an unspoken rule in the whole of SE regarding high-rep users in conjunction with self answers?

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    The option answer your own question is on the Ask Question page. That isn't removed for high-reps. I don't see much of a problem. Do you want quality Q and A's or do you want reputation for everyone. I only care about the first but on smaller communities it might be different.
    – rene
    May 5, 2016 at 18:05
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    0/10, expected self answer for meta rep farming. :)
    – enderland
    May 5, 2016 at 18:18

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No. There is, however, an unspoken rule that basic questions from high reputation users may be downvoted whether or not they self-answered.1

Self-answered questions are subject to the same quality guidelines as all other questions. If Gaming.SE frowns upon guide questions, the existence of your (presumably high-quality) answer may not be enough to save the question.

1. In the C++ tag, a wraparound effect may apply if the question is so incredibly basic that it gets 5000 votes

  • "There is, however, an unspoken rule that basic questions from high reputation users may be downvoted whether or not they self-answered." *Makes face of extreme confusion. I thought we vote on posts and not on people here...
    – starball
    Jan 2, 2023 at 7:28

This got nothing to do with "Fastest gun in the west" or the question being self answered, as far as I can see.

As the moderator clearly said:

This site isn't for guides

So it's matter of the question being off topic.

If you want to discuss the question being on topic or not, best place is the per site meta.

  • It was of the moderator's opinion that it was a guide
    – yuritsuki
    May 5, 2016 at 20:32
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    @Ordis and judging by the votes, others agree with him. Personally I'm not active in that site enough to judge - but looks like the community of the site decided already. May 5, 2016 at 21:49

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