I have seen some questions like: I'm looking for a resource that explains X, where X is a fairly broad, but not really broad subject.

Sometimes I really feel the urge to answer it with my own explanation. But then I'm not answering the question. Can I then post a new question with answer, explaining it?

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    $\begingroup$ Can you explain a bit more what you mean. I have difficulty understanding the second paragraph. Why would you not answer the question? $\endgroup$
    – quid Mod
    Dec 22, 2015 at 18:42
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    $\begingroup$ @quid The question is an (reference-request) question. I want to write an answer, explaining every bit of what a good resource would contain. $\endgroup$
    – wythagoras
    Dec 22, 2015 at 18:43
  • $\begingroup$ I see. I overlooked the "resource" in the first paragraph. $\endgroup$
    – quid Mod
    Dec 22, 2015 at 18:44
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    $\begingroup$ Is there any way you could provide a reference that you would recommend, and also give a "bonus" explanation? $\endgroup$
    – pjs36
    Dec 22, 2015 at 22:39
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    $\begingroup$ This question about posting broad questions is itself quite broad. :) $\endgroup$
    – user223391
    Dec 23, 2015 at 7:28
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    $\begingroup$ You might have a look at older posts tagged (self-answer). Maybe you can find there some stuff relevant for your situation, too. (And if you consider this to be an important aspect of this post, you might also add the tag here.) $\endgroup$ Dec 23, 2015 at 11:14

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Yes, and you definitely should! Stack Exchange has always encouraged self-answers. From the StackOverflow help center:

[...] Stack Exchange has always explicitly encouraged users to answer their own questions. If you have a question that you already know the answer to, and you would like to document that knowledge in public so that others (including yourself) can find it later, it's perfectly okay to ask and answer your own question on a Stack Exchange site.


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