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Your post inspired us to solve the problem differently: we eliminated that 8-hour delay on self-answers entirely. That delay has been part of the system for quite some time, but our philosophy has evolved. For over two years, we've actually let users self-answer their questions at the same time as posting the question. It's a bit contradictory for us to ...


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I posted a comment below his answer indicating that "answering own questions was extensively debated" and included a search link to meta with more than 5,000 related topics. From the search link you posted, these are the most upvoted results Etiquette for answering your own question Should I not answer my own questions? What is this "answer your own ...


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It's better to pursue undeletion (with edits). Deletions are designed to be reversible. There's an "undelete" link right there, which implies that it's meant to be used when the problems that led to deletion have been addressed. Sticking to the original question instead of starting a new one also keeps all the history together; I've sometimes seen people ...


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Ignore the self-answer when evaluating the question. Is the question valid? A person may face an actual problem and find an answer to that. All outside Stack Exchange. Then that person might wish to document that for future reference and to help others. Self-answered questions help do that in an atomic operation while saving others the effort to write an ...


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I'm a moderator on two sites, on both of which I've earned Reversal badges on meta for defending self-answered questions to OPs who suggested discouraging or disallowing them: https://scifi.meta.stackexchange.com/a/9821/31394 https://literature.meta.stackexchange.com/a/436/17 The long and the short of it is that self-answered questions are explicitly ...


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The limitations on self-answered questions are the same limitations we put on questions and answers that are not self-answered. The question needs to be on-topic, of high quality (well, certainly not low quality) and as much as possible, not a duplicate of an existing question and yes - narrow and specific, just like any other question. The answer should......


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Unless it has been closed or locked every question asked is still available to answer. When a question is self-answered and that answer is not of the highest quality I would encourage potential answerers to either add their own answer or to edit the existing one to improve it. There is nothing special about self-answered Q&As that causes them to be ...


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Monica's advice on fixing the question is solid - anything you can do to correct whatever caused it to not get the necessary attention the first time around is worth doing. In particular, take this opportunity to add what you've learned in the time since you first asked. But then... Just re-ask the question. Sure you can vote to undelete it, or flag it ...


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IMHO, it doesn't really matter. Just like novels are sometimes written in third person, sometimes in first person (and even in second person, as I learned a week ago), pick one of the two styles and stick with it. This is another case of Stack Exchange being about the content, not the person; as long as the content is clear, first or second person form does ...


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This can't be comprehensively answered because the premise of not deserving downvotes tacitly assumes that the question and answer pair were useful. Without seeing the Q&A pair and without experts on that site weighing in, then we're just left guessing. Fundamentally speaking, in a broad sense, this reinforces the notion that every question and answer ...


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If the issue was solved by something you did (install a missing dependency, add something to the path etc...), post that as an answer. If it was something unknown (a reboot helped, but you don't know why it helped), deleting the question is best, as there is no way to mark a correct answer that will be helpful to others. If the issue is persistent - that ...


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If they're low quality questions, or low quality answers, then it's a problem, and you should treat the situation exactly the same as any other time where you see a user with a pattern of providing low quality questions or answers, whether they're self answered or not. If they're quality contributions, both in the questions and the answers, then the more ...


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The question and answer were originally posted by Juan M, and during the first few minutes they were live they both had a positive score (+5 or so, if I recall correctly). If you expand the Nov 14 entry on his reputation page, you can see the first few votes were mostly positive: The Q&A then qualified for the badge, so it was rightly awarded; status-...


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Is it typical for self-answered questions to be downvoted? We can even answer that with the help of the Stack Exchange Data Explorer. It took me a while because there's such a vast number of questions on Stack Overflow, but this query shows self-answered questions are downvoted less often on average, and still only in 11% of the cases: Total Average score ...


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What is the purpose of Stack Overflow? The purpose of Stack Overflow is to provide excellent question and answer pairs for the long-term benefit of the internet in general. So what isn't the purpose of Stack Overflow then? Reputation points etc. are all fun little extras over and above the main purpose of Stack Overflow. But they are not why we're here. ...


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Hang with me for a moment, let's go through a short checklist: When is it okay to post link-only-answers? Never. When is it okay to promote my own blog/website? Never. When is it okay to self-answer a question? Always. When is it okay to answer questions with content from my blog? Always. So...when is it okay to answer a question with content from my blog ...


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Whether or not there are biases, it's not reflected in the votes; which is the premise of your question. SEDE - Glorfindel's Query: "Downvotes on self-answered questions": Total Average Score Average # of DVs % Downvoted All Questions 21165893 2.14 0.23 14 Self-Answered 2246623 2.2 0.17 11 SEDE - Glorfindel's Query, zcoop98 edited: "...


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Let's say this actually happens a lot. Why would I care? If the question is good, and the answer is wonderful, please have my upvotes. If the question is bad and the answer as well, hey, I get to downvote you twice. Crappy question but great answer? I might just close your question, no matter how much effort you put into your answer. So what would such a ...


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There's really nothing wrong with this. The author of the first answer didn't edit the changes into his own answer, so I think it's perfectly within reason for the OP to post their own answer with a working example.


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If your question and answer need to be read together then you're doing it wrong. This is a Question and Answer site, not a site where people post articles. Your question and answer should be reasonably independent. The question should be a good question on its own merits. People should read that and feel that it is a clear, appropriately scoped, on ...


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I also would like to extend the Self-Learner badge set. But I think a different direction is the way to go. Instead of awarding more impressive badges for higher scoring questions, I propose awarding silver and gold for having more self-answered questions. Quite a few of our badges are awarded for getting lucky: Favorite and Stellar Questions Nice, Good, ...


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Yes, please give your solution! Post it as an answer to your own question – you're allowed to do that – and accept the answer. (Please don't edit it into the question itself.) That way other people in the future with the same issue can google it and find a solution - yours.


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The content (or authorship) of answers is not relevant in evaluating a question. Questions should stand alone. Not all questions have to be long, but they do have to be complete enough that the question would meet the site's standards (complete, on-topic, clear, etc) without any answers present. It can be more difficult to write a good self-answered ...


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The biggest (from my point of view) problem with this request is that it can lead to abuse and becomes particularly problematic on meta. Pinning has the side effect of getting the answer more attention. Even if the OP doesn't earn reputation by accepting the answer, they will still likely gain reputation because it's accepted and pinned and they're the one ...


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Self-Answer The main reasons for self-answered questions to be downvoted typically have nothing to do with a discouraging attitude towards self-answering. Instead, as pointed out above, these are the most common: The question simply happens to be unclear, not useful or lacking original research. Even if the answer is good, that doesn't necessarily mean that ...


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Curation does not deserve a delay, even for self-answered questions. If the content is actually good, then the positive votes will outweigh the negative votes. While I won't disagree with the sentiment that some votes appear to be cargo cult-like in that someone downvotes because someone else downvotes, it has been proven time and time again that good ...


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You should find the "best" example of an existing version of your question (best largely meaning having the best existing answers but question quality is important too), flag all other versions of your question as duplicates of that one question and post your answer on that one question. It is important that all entry points to a question lead to a single ...


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