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Should I ask a question I know the answer to?

I just spent a few hours solving a problem, but it wasn't on StackOverflow. StackOverflow seems like a good place to post the result, but since it's already answered, it isn't really a question any more. Is it still ok to post the question and answer on StackOverflow, or is there a better place to do that?

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    I can't imagine this would be a problem. Others might really appreciate it. – Ami Jul 15 '10 at 20:57
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    meta.stackexchange.com/questions/17463/… contains general advice for what to do if you have a question you know the answer to and are considering asking it. Generally, let other users have a shot at giving an answer before you accept your own. Whether you provide your answer from the get-go or wait a few days for that, that's up to you, but it's always good to see if someone else can answer the question first. – Grace Note Jul 15 '10 at 20:59

You're encouraged to go ahead and ask the question and answer it yourself if it isn't already on Stack Overflow somewhere. Do a search first, but ask and answer away if you don't find it.

Note that you'll even get the Self-Learner Badge if your answer is upvoted 3 or more times.


I guess it's okay to post it here.

It's the "blog" part of Stack Overflow (see about page)

blog part


You can always post the question and if you don't get the response/answer from someone else right away, you can then post the solution yourself as an answer.

Just make the question/problem statement real...

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