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I'm not quite sure what you're proposing here; you seem to be getting unpopularity mixed up with off-topicness. Self-answers are allowed ... As far as clear unambiguous site policy goes, there's nothing wrong with self-answered questions. That's why you can't close a question for being self-answered. Close votes are meant to be cast according to site ...


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Short version: Yes it's OK. Long version - On top of being explicitly encouraged in site rules, there are TONS of highly-voted and un-closed questions like this. See this DataExplorer query: http://data.stackexchange.com/scifi/query/165310/story-identification-questions-asked-and-answered-by-the-same-user There were 95 questions that were story-...


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I wouldn't, but I don't know that there's a rule explicitly prohibiting it. Specifically, if you can't find a reason why you think someone else would be likely to search for the same criteria, then it's not likely to be useful. As DVK mentioned, there are a large number of people who have answered their own questions. However, it seems like they found the ...


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To comment on one piece of your question: I don't know if this makes my question "general reference" TL;DR: A book is NOT a "standard internet reference" so the answer is "NOT GR" The official wording from GR is in this meta post by Jeff Atwood (sourced from his SE blog post): This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently ...


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The accepted answer to this question was a self-acceptance, and self-accepted answers aren't sorted to the top. This behavior is documented in a Stack Overflow blog post by Jeff Atwood (emphasis added): Now, there are some special rules around owner-accepted answers, to prevent gaming: Wait 48 hours. You must wait 2 days from the time you ...


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No, we shouldn't revisit that policy. Other answers explain why. But I just revisited my own policy of allowing people who don't get the point of this site or its rules to run rough-shod and hurt people posting good content to the site and doing nothing to address it. Your excellent self-answer gets 100 bounty. I intend to make addressing things this way ...


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I think being able to answer one's own questions is a viable and acceptable option as long as it is not being abused. I shall use myself as an example: I rarely write questions but when I do, they are not easily answered. I may ask them because I don't know and don't have time to do the research for myself at that moment. I may ask them because they are ...


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As the purpose of these Q&A sites is to bring communities together to share knowledge, it makes sense that the source of knowledge is not discriminated against. It's even encouraged by the Self-Learner badge. Answered your own question with score of 3 or more Help Center > Badges You may have noticed that there is an option to answer your own ...


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I have always considered the appropriate self-answered question to be a way of leaving information that might not be perfectly germane to the question at hand, but is related to the question, and that could be of use or interest to future readers. Looking above I see thoughts on the self-answered question has changed over the years. However, the idea of ...


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