I've been researching lots of questions in the game World of Warcraft (WoW), and usually the answers to practical questions such as "Where is an item located?" are buried in the comment threads on one of the two major WoW websites on their informational page for the item. The useful information is sometimes spread over multiple comments, requiring digging and piecing things together on my own. And these comments are often broken up with other comments. It isn't a place intended to ask and answer questions. It's a comment thread.
For a recent pursuit of mine, I decided to try to excavate the question and answer I had, and migrate it over to the gaming.stackexchange site. Stack Exchange is the best technology that I know for sharing and improving knowledge over time.
While typing out my question, I noticed for the first time that Stack Exchange has an option to "Answer your own question", so I used it.
I asked the question directly, and put all of the information about the research that I'd done in the Answer section. This was the first time using this "Answer your own question" feature, and I wasn't sure what the result would be.
I learned that it produces a standard Stack Exchange Q&A post, putting my answer below the question just like any other SE post.
The result is that my question feels pretty weak by the Stack Exchange standards. I didn't include my research in the question, I just asked the question directly. Other people in the community also feel like it's a weak question by these standards, and I see what they mean. It is a weak question standing on its own, and it's been downvoted accordingly.
I'm not worried about the downvotes, but rather I'd like to understand: how can I ask a better question when I'm also answering my own question?
Here is my Q&A on the gaming site: How do I learn to craft Engineering's Cardboard Assassin in Shadowlands?
If I move my research to the question portion that would improve the question, but it also feels like it would make the answer redundant. My research is essentially the answer.
I felt that I had evidence that other people also had the same question, and I wanted to help others out as well. It's hard to know for sure whether others also have the same question, but for the sake of this meta question, let's assume that they do. My question here is focused on the best way to format and distribute the information, and what additional things might improve the question.
I've reviewed the FAQ for Stack Exchange sites. One of the links provided there discusses how to answer your own questions, but this doesn't go into details on the best practices for doing so. I feel like I'm overlooking something.
I found Etiquette for answering your own question and it is somewhat similar. I've read through a handful of the top answers, however, and none of them seem to answer this specific question.
Do you have any advice for how I could better answer my own questions?
Do you have any examples of other self-answered questions that demonstrate better ways to distribute the relevant information?