A quick search reveals that this hasn't really been answered before, so...I have this problem that I came up with and solved offsite. However, I still want to post the problem as a question and then the solution as an answer shortly after. What's the policy on this?

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    $\begingroup$ Did you see this thread? $\endgroup$
    – t.b.
    Commented May 24, 2011 at 23:24
  • $\begingroup$ @Theo: No, I did not. The only difference is that in that case it was more like a puzzle, but one of the answers there DOES answer this question. Thanks! $\endgroup$ Commented May 24, 2011 at 23:28
  • $\begingroup$ Simlar question in Mathoverflow: meta.mathoverflow.net/q/1338/454 $\endgroup$
    – GEdgar
    Commented Jan 29, 2014 at 19:30
  • $\begingroup$ Can the self-answer tag be added please? I don't have enough rep to do it myself. $\endgroup$
    – starball
    Commented Jan 4, 2023 at 22:39

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It's allowed (see the paragraph immediately above "What kind of questions should I not ask here?" in the main site FAQ), especially if you're open to suggestions on your answer and/or improved/alternate answers. Personally, I'd suggest composing your answer ahead of time, to whatever extent possible, so that you can post your own answer almost immediately after the question, letting others know that you have an answer for it.


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