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Some way or place to post “tips”
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I've found a great python tip that I couldn't find on stackoverflow with google (I got the tip on freenode). Is it possible to share it on stackoverflow, so that other people can benefit?


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I suggest two alternatives, although I am sure there are more ...

1- Create a question, include the tip, and ask the community for feedback on the tip and to suggest alternatives. If someone suggests a better alternative, accept it!

2- Ask the question, then add an answer with the tip. Some might interpret this as trolling for rep; I am on the fence.

  • Speaking from experience, I don't believe you get any rep points for answering your own question.
    – pavium
    Nov 15, 2009 at 20:12
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    I haven't tried, but I presume that you get rep if your answer is voted up by others, even if you asked the question. Am I wrong?
    – tomjedrz
    Nov 15, 2009 at 20:31
  • @tomjedrz: you are correct. That is the reason that some people CW their answers to their own questions.
    – perbert
    Nov 15, 2009 at 20:57

As others have said, think Jeopardy.

Additionally, the typical way to do this is that you do not mark your answer as the accepted answer unless it also gets the most votes, and mark your answer (but not the question) as community wiki to avoid the appearance of begging rep and still allow others who contribute to earn it for their answers (and you can still get rep for the question itself).


Ask it like on Jeopardy.

  • The first person to link a "thinking music" MP3 into their question is going to get a visit from Mr Ty Cobb.
    – womble
    Nov 15, 2009 at 18:46
  • Could you explain? I'm not from the US.
    – user139018
    Nov 15, 2009 at 21:00

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