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Clarify the "8 hour delay" self-answer message to discourage self-answering with edits or comments

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 ...
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What should I do if I find the answer to an old question of mine that was automatically deleted as abandoned?

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 ...
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Self-answering a non-question

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 ...
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How do sites moderate self-answered questions?

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....
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What are limitations on self-answered questions?

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 ...
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Is there an etiquette for answering questions originally intended to be self-answered?

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 ...
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What should I do if I find the answer to an old question of mine that was automatically deleted as abandoned?

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 ...
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Should I say "You" to myself in self-answers?

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 ...
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Is there a bias against using the "answer your own question" feature?

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 ...
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Is it a problem if a user posts "many" self answered questions?

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 ...
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Self-learner badge has been incorrectly awarded

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 ...
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Is it typical for self-answered questions to be downvoted?

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 ...
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Is there a bias against using the "answer your own question" feature?

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 ...
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Is a short description of a question OK if self-answering?

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 ...
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Add silver and gold versions for the Self-Learner badge

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 ...
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Should I remove my post or should I give my solution there?

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 ...
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Make self-accepted answers rise to the top

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 ...
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Is it typical for self-answered questions to be downvoted?

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 ...
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Hide votes for self-answered by community wiki questions for a few hours

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 ...
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“community wiki” checkbox in new question shows a dialog twice when self-answering

That seems to be a bug in wmd.js This line is wiring the click event to be only called one single time: $(".js-post-editor input[type=checkbox][name=communitymode]").one("click", function () { ...
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Should the question of a Q&A have the same details as if it weren't a Q&A?

Both the question and your answer need to stand on their own. Without your answer, are there enough details in the question that someone (besides you) could answer it? No? Then you need to fix that ...
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Is it OK to ask and answer a general question?

Is it fine if I do that? No. The question is too broad, as you yourself acknowledged. That you intend to answer the question yourself in no way changes the quality standards of the question. The ...
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If someone answers his own question why don't they get upvotes?

People vote answers up because they're helpful, not because its author is smart. Good answers gets many upvotes because the comunity think it's helpful to further readers (or themselves). There are ...
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Make it clearer that a question is self answered

I find the whole premise: I have noticed that when people are asking a question just to self answer it right away, they - for very obvious reasons - does not put to much effort into the actual ...
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If you answer your own question will you be credited once or twice for the "people reached" statistics in your profile?

I found this user whose only contribution is a self-answered question (with a positively scoring answer) with (as I'm writing this) 30 views, and a 'people reached' value of 30. That would suggest the ...
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Is a short description of a question OK if self-answering?

As a mod on Security, I'd welcome your question as long as it contains that context, eg: Threat model Systems Risk appetite etc I agree with you that "what research have you done?" is a little ...
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Why do we not receive reputation by accepting a self-answer

By allowing people to self award rep in any way you give an incentive to abuse the system. It encourages people to ask questions with the goal of self answering. It biases them to prefer their own ...
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I have a stupid self-answered question. Should I accept my own answer?

Yes, if you think the question and answer will ever be useful to other people, you should accept your answer. That sends a clear message that "this is what I did to solve the problem in the question." ...
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