So I asked this question recently, and then figured out what was wrong myself after an hour or so of investigation. Nobody else had put the correct solution down, so being a thoughtful chap I posted my answer and put an update in the question. Being that there wwere no other upvoted answer and that I'm not able to mark my question as accepted for a couple of days I decided that I'd also put [SOLVED] in the title to show to anyone looking through the list of unanswered questions that its been solved.

Now clearly I've broken some sort of unwritten rule here, because someone has downvoted it - apparently because of the [SOLVED] in the question.

Never mind that the question is well written, correctly tagged, and that its even a pretty reasonable question - none of that is worthy of an upvote, but trying to be helpful and putting [SOLVED] in the title is worth of a downvote...

The best bit is that whoever downvoted the question was quite probably perfectly capable of editing the title themselves anyway, but they chose to downvote it instead...

Gah! (</rant>)

Anyway - so I take it there is a taboo against putting [SOLVED] in the title of a question?

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    I'd consider voting you down for closing your rant without having first opening the tag ...
    – Unsliced
    Dec 4, 2009 at 15:21
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    Should we edit posts to removed the [solved] ? Dec 2, 2011 at 16:40
  • @MartinBeckett I generally do nowadays
    – Justin
    Dec 2, 2011 at 16:42
  • @Justin then I will as well - a democracy of two! Dec 2, 2011 at 16:42

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There are several threads that show you how to deal with that situation give you reasons why to answer your own question. Look here:

So even deliberately asking a question to answer it yourself is encouraged, as well as, after a waiting period of 2 days, accepting your own answer. These sites are all about great answers to great questions. Who cares whether both come from one person.


Yes, the correct way is to add an answer and accept it (even if you yourself provide it)

  • I see you already posted it as an answer and got an upvote
    – juan
    Dec 4, 2009 at 14:35

Mark your own answer as accepted to signal the question is solved.

If people downvote you for the wrong reasons, complain on meta, and many people will vote you up if you're right. (I did here.)


"Users with less than 100 reputation points cannot answer their own questions for 7-8 hours," may be the error message that causes people to do this. Consider reducing the points required to release this restriction?

  • This is a separate feature-request, although the 8 hour limit has a good rationale, so it's probably staying around Jul 31, 2011 at 4:48
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    @Michael: Did you mean for the feature request link to go to this question? Jul 31, 2011 at 4:52
  • @Chris No, I meant it like "This should be posted as a feature-request instead of an answer". I don't think it's a duplicate, that question was proposing some sort of draft answer system; this is just "it should require less rep/time to self-answer" Jul 31, 2011 at 6:07
  • @Michael: Great, thanks for clarifying! Jul 31, 2011 at 6:13

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