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Is it the best to post an answer to my own question and accept it?

The Question part is for questions, and the Answers part is for answers. So if you have an answer to your question, add your own answer. If you think it is a complete answer (and the best answer given)...
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Posting 'Solved' Questions

The FAQ on Meta Stack Exchange is pretty clear on this. Yes! There are already numerous posts that answer their own questions. There's nothing wrong with it. It's even been encouraged since the very ...
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Can I post questions to fill in the gaps in a textbook I'm reading from?

I'm new here, but I don't see why it would be a problem. From the about page: Mathematics Stack Exchange is for people studying mathematics at any level and professionals in related fields. We ...
Carlos Gruss's user avatar
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Should I ask my doubt and later answer it on my own?

The short answer to this question is yes. And the long answer is included in the list of questions in the site's help center. You can check this article and read the details.
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Is self-answer considered as adding sufficient context?

It can be taken into account but in general it is not sufficient. For example, if the question is difficult to understand due to missing explanations of the notation, then this is not (usually) ...
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Posting a question for the purpose of posting an answer

Yes. You are allowed, and even encouraged, to answer your own questions, not just on MSE but everywhere else on the SE network: see these questions on the main Meta and this page in the Help Center. ...
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Etiquette Question: OP answers based on the answers of others

If OP gets a very brief if not incomplete answer, and then adds their own answer which is a more complete version, who should be marked as Answering the Question. Whichever answer the OP finds most ...
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Formulating the problem helps solving it -> self answer or delete question?

The software allows you to self-delete a Question provided there is no up-voted or Accepted Answer. In the situation you describe it seems there is no Answer posted at all, so in that case self-...
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Using Math.SE as a tool for my lecture/exercise

If you're posting a question and answer that that have long term value, then why not? By posting it on MathSE, you are not only making it easily accessible to your students, but to any future students ...
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Prompt OP to answer their own question?

To quote user Arctic Char: Yes, and many users do that often. Indeed, we have made a comment template for such a situation. The following can be directly copied and pasted. ...
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Using Math.SE as a tool for my lecture/exercise

I rather like the general idea of exposing students to StackExchange. There is a lot to be gained, particularly for those students who haven't seen it before. It introduces students to a useful ...
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Can we post PSQs as long as we answer them ourselves?

The rationale behind the context requirements is, ultimately, that we want well-written questions. I understand what you're getting at: if you post a simple one line PSQ and a follow it up with an ...
Alexander Gruber's user avatar
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Is there some other unstated issue with my question or answer?

Intent Let's break down the content of the post in question and see if we can notice anything or improve something. I have been attacked before for not mentioning the following points. They are here ...
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Asking questions to add to the general knowledge pool

In this context I want to bring up two possible uses of self-answered questions. My goal in posting this as an answer is to poll our user base, and learn whether people find this palatable. I am ...
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Self-Answer, or Delete my Question?

I disagree that this is only a simple yes/no question. Well the ultimate answer is either yes or no, but you do need justifications. Think, for example, if some user posted another answer saying &...
Arctic Char's user avatar
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Is self answering own questions a frowned upon practice in math-stack exchange?

Self-answered questions are allowed, even encouraged on Stack Exchange. Stack Exchange has always explicitly encouraged users to answer their own questions. If you have a question that you already ...
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Has it become too hard to write self-answered questions?

The fact that your question was written to be answered by yourself is a red herring here, and has nothing to do with the reception of your question. The first thing you should be asking yourself is &...
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Asking questions to add to the general knowledge pool

Since my self-answered question is the most recent example that OP has seen of this, and since I've posted such self-answered questions quite a bit (see here and here and here and here), I figured I ...
Mike Pierce's user avatar
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Should I mark my answer to my own question as community wiki and accept it?

On MSE, it is recommended to accept answers (even your own), in order to mark questions as "solved" (and close them). When you accept your own answer, you don't get the usual 15 reputation points. You ...
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How should I share new understandings following an answered question

I think adding a self-answer is the appropriate behavior. Actually, I did so several times, e.g. here. I got an answer, the answer helped me to get a grasp on the problem, I then thought about the ...
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About an "answer" that was posted by OP but looks like his own attempts

When you flag an answer as "not an answer" or "very low quality", the answer is pushed into the Low Quality review queue where other users can judge whether in their opinion your flag was justified. ...
Daniel Fischer's user avatar
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Posting 'Solved' Questions

I approve of (and have used) the approach: "I know a solution to the following question. I would be interested in seeing other solutions. If necessary, I will post my solution after enough time ...
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What to do when I get no feedback on an answer to my own question?

You should probably ask a question. You know, of course, that there are two main ways to contribute to any Stack Exchange site: asking questions and posting answers. When people ask questions, they ...
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Providing an answer for your own question

I think it's rather simple: write the question as if you didn't intend to self-answer it, and write the answer as if you hadn't been the one to ask the question. The question is going to be held up to ...
Najib Idrissi's user avatar
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Partially-unresolved questions with substantial progress: should I post a very long question, or a question + answer?

You write, "when I post, I'm looking for ways to extend my work into a full answer." In cases where this is important to you, then imo your OP here has a clear answer: post the partial ...
Ben Blum-Smith's user avatar
6 votes

Should I ask my doubt and later answer it on my own?

Self-answered content is very welcomed. Additional feature of the math SE, if you can answer your own question better as the >=MSc guys here, then you are likely one of them, making you an ...
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