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How do sites moderate self-answered questions?

Historically our beta site has discouraged self-answered questions. The site has been running for 6 years (3 questions/day, 98% answered, 3 ½ answers/question, and very few questions are closed). The ...
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When to mark something vague as an answer?

I wish I could mark something as 'half an answer'. In Practical (Django) Caching Strategy & Implementation? Cache long, Invalidate cache upon data change, I ask a rather vague question, and get ...
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Can I answer my own questions, even if I knew the answer before asking?

I might want to answer my own question because: I arrived at a solution before there were any other correct answers or I like mine better, can I still answer my own question? I have a folder with ...
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What is this "answer your own question" jazz?

I showed up here to write a perfectly normal rant about misaligned pixels, and there's a big fat checkbox cluttering up the "Ask" page, labeled: Answer your own question – share your ...
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I don't always answer myself, but when I do, I fail to ask a good question

Sometimes I'll encounter problems while coding, or sometimes out of simple interest for a question, I'll google for an answer, and most of the time I find that answer is here on ...
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How to ask a question when self-answering?

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 ...
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Answering your own question, but don't accept answer

Is it bad etiquette to answer your own question, but then not accept that answer? I realize there have been numerous questions about answering one's own question, but I'm specifically wondering about ...
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Is there a bias against using the "answer your own question" feature?

I had a question. As I was researching it while drafting it, I found more and more relevant information that I incorporated into my question. It came to the point where it felt like I was answering ...
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How can I organize a discussion and resolve concerns about a controversial question?

TLDR; I noticed an answer of mine about searching for text in vim was getting a lot of attention, so I wanted to improve it by linking to an SO answer detailing how to select text. To my surprise, no ...
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Is there stigma associated with self-answers on certain network sites? Or different etiquette? If so, why?

Background I was told in chat that some sites don't / might not see self-answers in a positive light, which I found surprising, having read the (fairly old) "It’s OK to Ask and Answer Your Own ...
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A New Feature to Improve Suggested Edit Review?

I submitted my first suggested edit of an answer to a question I asked on Stack Overflow today. It was rejected After reviewing several other posts about rejected edits, I generally understand the ...
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Is it possible to close questions because they are already solved? [duplicate]

Some questions happen to be solved for some reason (for instance, a new software version), and there's no answer it should be marked as accepted, but the question is not 'Open' anymore. And I don't ...
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Should own solution be included within the question? [duplicate]

I think its still in debate Etiquette for answering your own question Normally when I have a question and a answer, but have doubt with my own attempt, I tend to put the solution within my question. ...
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How to deal with unanswered questions?

I have a question on SO that has no useful answer. As I changed my application distribution, that question is not so important to me anymore. As I see it, I have the following possibilities to deal ...
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Why must everything be a question?

It seems like SO is dedicated to questions, but one thing that would be useful would be for people to share something they learned. E.g. Recently I had an issue where I discovered IIS 7 is locked ...
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What is the best way to answer your own question? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Etiquette for answering your own question What if you figure out the answer to your own question, what is the approved way of answering your own question?
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How do I reply on my own topic? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Stackoverflow: Should I answer my own question, or not? How could I add a reply on my own question? Like in the most other forums?
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Trying to be helpful ... it would have been a question, b-b-but [closed]

I was solving my own problem and several times came close to posing it as a question See: However, shedding ...
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better to post question with separate answers or a question with answers in the main body? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Etiquette for answering your own question Should I answer my own question, or not? I want to post a question on which I've done already quite a lot of research. I want to ...
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Is time to remove "Answer your own question" option from question page?

The story behind this question is that a new user posted this question with a simultaneous answer. I posted a comment indicating that "answering own questions was extensively debated" and ...
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How does accepting an answer work?

What does it mean to accept an answer? How do I accept an answer, and what are the rules? Can I accept my own self-answer? What are the reputation benefits? Which answer should I accept? Should I ...
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Is there an etiquette for answering questions originally intended to be self-answered?

This question is inspired by Is there an etiquette for asking questions originally intended to be self-answered?. A few times, I have encountered a self-answered question with a question that seems to ...
Robert Columbia's user avatar
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How to close "invalid" questions

While reviewing close votes, it's common to come across a question where the OP came back and said "Oh, never mind, I found the problem existed elsewhere in my code!" Example: https://stackoverflow....
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Capitalize and punctuate "let us continue this discussion in chat"

Stack Exchange has a feature to help move extended discussions out of comments and into chat, but when you use it, it automatically writes the following message for you: let us continue this ...
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Is there an etiquette for asking questions originally intended to be self-answered?

According to Oded's answer to What are limitations on self-answered questions? self answered questions have the same quality requirements as "the other" questions. So if we found a question ...
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Should I remove my post or should I give my solution there? [duplicate]

I've just asked something here: Can't connect to a Oracle db instance via SQLDeveloper In the meantime I figured it out myself, so I don't know what is the proper process at times like this?
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Question I know the answer of [duplicate]

I'm well aware of Can I answer my own questions, even if I knew the answer before asking?, nonetheless I was wondering whether is it appropriate to clearly specify what I'm doing, rather then ...
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What happens if i answer my own question?

I am thinking about answering my own question but i still would like to be able to mark an answer from someone else as the solution. Currently the FAQ has no information what happens if a user answers ...
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Posting self-answered questions for information: Should they be community wiki?

I recently posted a question to SO in which I immediately answered myself because I figured it would be a common question about the newly released Windows Phone 8. Someone suggested I make my answer ...
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Ended up solving my own problem/question - what to do with the post? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Etiquette for answering your own question i have asked a question in stackoverflow about an alternative way to avoid using overflow:hidden and prevent shadows from clipping. ...
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Etiquette for answering your own question with an answer inspired by another answer

This will probably get closed immediately as a duplicate, but I have read Etiquette for answering your own question and other similar questions, but didn't see this get addressed directly (though I ...
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What to do when you answer your own question while writing it? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Etiquette for answering your own question It just happened that my question didn't exist anymore (I found the answer) while writing it: git website update strategy - how to ...
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Is there a way to post a guide on something without first asking a question? [duplicate]

I keep coming across bits of information throughout the internet and every so often, I collect enough data to do a solid write-up on that topic. It'd be nice if I could post that consolidated info in ...
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Can I post self-answers that do not contain any code? [closed]

I know that I can make questions on Stack Overflow that already have the answer, by myself. But if I want to post a personal solution method for a problem (which is not necessarily the best/fastest ...
Zoltán Schmidt's user avatar
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1 answer

Etiquette: How do I insert some useful info into the form of a question

For example, I have found the link to a PDF with VS keyboard shortcuts very useful. But being constrained by the question/answer format, it seems a little clunky to ask the question "where can I find ...
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Is it okay to add information without asking a question? [duplicate]

Can you add information without asking a question? For example, I found a Firefox addon that lets you see the generated source of a page, but I don't want to add it to an answered question. Can I just ...
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Answer is deleted, Answer and question is down rated, Not able to understand Moderator policy

I did few hard and extensive search on few point of facebook graph API exploration. My question matched with few PHP geeks' question, I answered there and got negative votes. I got java community ...
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Where do Vim questions belong and what is the community opinion about answering your own?

A few days ago, I stumbled onto a nice announcement: Vim ported to mobile devices. Since it was news at a time, I decided to post a question and give an answer right afterwards about it. From what I ...
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Why was my question downvoted although I was just sharing my knowledge, Q&A-style?

We can share knowledge by answering our own questions. Reading this Stack Exchange blog entry helped me understand that if you have a question that you already know the answer to if you’d like to ...
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Ratio of answer types

Related to post: Etiquette for answering your own question As far as I can tell, Stack Overflow is semantically both of a) a place to share information and b) a nerd battleground. Users do not care ...
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FAQ for Stack Exchange sites

Community FAQ For sites in the Stack Exchange 2.0 network To see a list of commonly used words and phrases, see the glossary. For official guidance from Stack Exchange, visit the Help Center. Asking ...
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What to do when an author writes multiple answers to develop the solution while discussing things with others

This is not about the general topic of answering your own question. Rather I came upon a question where the asker publishes several slightly different versions of his initial answer while he improves ...
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Minimum requirements of self-answered question [duplicate]

Are there any rules (or guidelines) for a Asking and Answering your own question? What are the minimum requirements a self-answered question needs to meet, or do you treat it just like a normal ...
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Can I publish my own solutions on Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Posting and answering questions you have already found the answer to Should I ask a question I know the answer to? Etiquette for answering your own question I know Stack ...
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