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Should you ask/answer your own questions to make a public KB?

Absolutely! Posting self-answered questions is encouraged and there is even a built-in provision to simplify doing it. Just don't fill up the site with trivial stuff. And if you start posting tons ...
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I want to ask a too broad question and answer it with a tutorial I wrote myself. What will the be the community's reaction?

We like canonical and complete answers and I personally don't see any reason for it to be classed as off topic as such. Typically a question and answer should be short and to the point, but a ...
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Protecting or marking self answered questions to avoid "lack of research" downvotes

I don't know why the particular person downvoted you, but the post was confusing. It was unclear whether you wanted to remove 1+ spaces, or 2+ spaces. First you answered for 2+ then you decided 1+. ...
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Is my answer so improbable or too low quality?

While the whole story and your own solutions to the whole of the problem is (now) answered, the original question had left out the whole of the problem and concentrated on if your product is a clone ...
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Can a Q&A be too minor?

In my understanding, that other meta question means that you should first do some research on your problem (e.g. a Google search) before asking a question. If you can't find the answer after some ...
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Is my answer so improbable or too low quality?

I think the cause of this is that you asked a question about a presumed solution, instead of the actual problem. You asked "how to tell if it's cloned?", instead of concentrating on the actual ...
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Why can I not answer my own question - is this a bug?

I suspect this is a quirk rather than an outright bug. I suspect several features came in to play. Your question had been protected due to poor answers such as people effectively saying "me too". ...
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What should I do if I find my own solution to my problem?

Yes. You absolutely should. See here and here Its also perfectly fine to pick another answer as the correct one, and add additional information - I did it with this question since my own answer was ...
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What should I do if I find my own solution to my problem?

Click on the Answer Your Question button at the bottom and post an answer to your own question. Note that you generally cannot accept your own answer immediately; you can accept your own answers after ...
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Protecting or marking self answered questions to avoid "lack of research" downvotes

Your original question wasn't clear. You also admit "I had not read carefully" which is an indication you did not prepare to ask the best question possible. So lets put the fact you didn't prepare ...
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Should I post an answer that isn't a perfect fit?

To me, no. I would guess a huge amount of questions could potentially have many answers, hence why so many questions are on the same topic/issue. IMO if it doesn't answer the question (however ...
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Answering your bounty question

You cannot give yourself a bounty (and its something that would be abused anyway) Refunding bounties is really on a case by case basis. In theory, once you have offered a bounty, you really arn't ...
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