I've been working on probability problems and I'd like to share solutions. I thought of posting the question and answering it myself, but the last couple of times I've done it, it wasn't well received. Should I simply abstain for it?


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    $\begingroup$ You might have a look at past discussions tagged (self-answer). Perhaps you will find something helpful there. $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Oct 7 '16 at 15:07
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    $\begingroup$ Perhaps you can share your knowledge with respect to probability by answering questions posted here? I don't think this is the place to post both questions, and then answers (imagine what this site might look like if everyone posted the questions they've been assigned and found solutions to, and then answered those questions with the solution they had already worked out, prior to the post of the question!) Post questions that you need input on, sincere questions.... $\endgroup$ – Namaste Oct 7 '16 at 17:05
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    $\begingroup$ If after posting you figure out how to solve it, then post your answer as an answer, just acknowledge the hints/answers that helped you to answer your question. Of course, you are always welcome to post the question and your solution in the question field, adding the "solution validation" or "proof validation" tag, as appropriate, if you'd like to validate the work you've done in proving/solving the question. $\endgroup$ – Namaste Oct 7 '16 at 17:10
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    $\begingroup$ Self-answered questions have gotten a mixed response in the past. Our average opinion (hesitant to call it a consensus) is that it is ok, if the Q+A pair is interesting. The bar for interesting seems to be relatively high. IIRC the official SE opinion (or was it just Jeff Atwood's?) is that self-answering is ok, but caveat poster. At Math.SE we are probably a bit slower to accept self-answered questions than, say, SO, and tend to think of this as a form of rep-farming. What amWhy says about answers figured out while discussing the question is acceptable and encouraged. $\endgroup$ – Jyrki Lahtonen Oct 7 '16 at 20:20
  • $\begingroup$ @JyrkiLahtonen I agree there. When I want to post Q+A pairs it's because I found a problem that people might eventually Google and find useful for this and that, but at the same time, there are other sites dedicated to that. It's just easier for me to do it here. $\endgroup$ – Cehhiro Oct 7 '16 at 20:23
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    $\begingroup$ If this is about questions from a course or a textbook, then my gut feeling is that: interesting = something that would impress/surprise your teacher $\endgroup$ – Jyrki Lahtonen Oct 7 '16 at 20:27
  • $\begingroup$ @JyrkiLahtonen By no means. More like concept questions, particularly questions that I believe help people understand how probability works. $\endgroup$ – Cehhiro Oct 7 '16 at 20:29
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    $\begingroup$ Related: meta.math.stackexchange.com/q/20972/23353 and meta.math.stackexchange.com/q/10411/23353. Certainly check out the entirety of the self-answer tag like Martin suggested, but those two are a pretty good starting place. $\endgroup$ – apnorton Oct 8 '16 at 4:57

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