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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 of threads that are useful only to you, people may get annoyed (it's happened). But if you have had a serious question, yourself, and found the solution, and ...


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I'm glad you asked! This option isn't for you. It's for people who know things. And want to share that knowledge with others. Maybe they've seen a lot of people asking similar questions on a thorny topic, or struggling to diagnose a complicated problem, or just spent hours fighting with a misbehaving hardware - and now they want to save you the trouble of ...


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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 canonical answer detailing how to do something properly and succinctly is always appreciated. One thing to keep in mind though is whether or not you need to update it ...


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I must confess it's a little hard to come up with an honest question after already having the answer perfectly laid out before you. Think about it: If I really had mentioned all my research and efforts in my actual question, I would have written something like this: I already checked the kernel extensions and deleted them. Then I removed all the ...


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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+. You have also mixed up whitespace and space in your question, stating space in the title, then whitespace in the first sentence. You should include what you have ...


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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 or not. The original question would have been better if it was asked to HP the maker of the product itself, what is to stop the same software/firmware from ...


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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 searching, then it's perfectly fine to ask a question here. In fact, very specific/focused questions, expressed clearly, are good things. It's trivial/obvious ...


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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 problem "why does my switch report different model numbers, and incorrect information, in different parts of the UI?". Your answer would answer the latter, not what ...


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Well one should post an actual question for various reasons: It's easier to read. I'll see the question and understand it as a question. If you don't do this your Qs might just get closed. It makes it more findable. If I am searching for an answer to my own question, seeing yours posted in question form will let me recognize it as the same problem I am ...


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From the valued associate Nick Craver's answer: Now that accepting an answer and awarding the bounty are 2 distinct actions - possibly from different users as well, you can no longer award the bounty to your own answer. This will take effect next build. The "+100" award button simply won't show beside your own answers. Hence, the functionality for ...


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If you check the edit summary for you question's 2nd revision, and nhinkle's comment on your answer, it seems that people are confusing that answer for an edit to your question. They think you're providing an update, not an answer. And I can see why - you've just dropped a command with no explanation of why or what it does. This is something that happens ...


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TL;DR: If you can come up with a question that'd normally "survive" on the main site, you can post it as a question and formulate your own answer. If it's too broad, it might be better blogging material. For example, if you have something that involves a lot of background info, explanations, a step by step guide, images, etc., then do post it to our blog ...


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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 slightly broader in scope but the answer I selected got me on that path. Do note that folk expect the same quality they'd expect of an answer not written for ...


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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 48 hours from the time you posted your question. This will ensure everyone can benefit from this information.


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What is the etiquette surrounding Asking and Answering Your Own Questions The 'etiquette' is simply to realize that there are two distinct and primary roles within the Stack Exchange community and that each have very separate responsibilites: The question Asker - Someone who has a specific problem The question Answerer - Someone who has a proven solution ...


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Self-answers are explicitly and strongly encouraged! This has been explained in detail in the blog post Encyclopedia Stack Exchange. Generally, when you write an answer to your own question, you don't have to pretend like you're answering someone else's question. For example, you can simply write: I neglected to reboot after I changed the registry value....


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It's not exactly clear that you meant to post it as an answer. Mistakes happen. You mentioned in the question that your current approach was suboptimal, and then later posted it as an answer. So it's understandable that someone interpreted it as a failed attempt to edit your question; especially since you didn't explain anything about it and only posted the ...


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Downvotes happen. Its a fact of life, and the least one can do is try to get used to it. Complaining about it can be counterproductive at times. Its not personal You might want to reconsider what you're asking. Ask not why you got downvoted. Ask... how you could turn up the awesomeness of your question up to 11. We have a clear problem (which in this case,...


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There are two parts to this and I'll address each briefly. First the Question is asking to do something that isn't recommended The reason for the down votes on the question is that you're asking how to do something that really shouldn't be done, and isn't supported by the software vendor. Microsoft's own documentation explains that while its possible ...


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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 to ask the best question possible, a question should be helpful today and tomorrow to any reader with the same question as you. You indicated that a question ...


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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 useful it may be), then don't answer it. If the questions which you can fix is actually an issue, then I'm sure some one (in time) will eventually ask it, at that ...


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Self-answer your question on Stack Exchange site when: you don't mind being a digital sharecropper and donating your content to the community, you're interested in what other solutions people have to the same problem you're addressing, the topic isn't something that fits the theme of your blog but you want to scratch the itch anyway, you know Stack ...


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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 meant to get the reputation back There's a few options here, really. As a one off thing, under exceptional circumstances, we do refund bounties. Posting a ...


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