Here is my motivation: How to convert estimated precision to variance?. On the one hand, the provided answer is perfect in my opinion and could be accepted, but on the other hand it is not actually my answer (I asked the same question on another mailing list, and I simply copied the answer here), so it'd perhaps strange to accept it as if I myself have answered it.

What to do now? Should I accept it...?


If it's the correct answer, accept it. Since you posted the answer yourself, you won't gain reputation through accepting it, anyway.

You can even turn it into a community wiki answer right away (or later, see the small checkbox in the right corner below the answer box) and from then on won't gain any reputation. Also, by turning it into a community wiki answer, it's more obvious that you didn't come up with the answer yourself.

Also, properly attribute the source - something you did, so this looks fine.

  • Thank you very much, I did exactly this (including checking the community wiki marker). – Tamas Ferenci Aug 6 '18 at 15:05

Stack Exchange is all about content; it's less important who wrote something. "Vote for content, not for the user" is most often quoted in the context of serial voting, but it also applies to accept votes (yes, accepting an answer is a vote).

So go ahead and accept your answer if it helped you solve your problem, there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. You won't get any reputation from accepting your own answer, though.

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