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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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Users using Math Stack Exchange as a de facto blog

The user-interface actively encourages self-answers; I do not think it is reasonable to override this completely. Moreover, self-answered questions can be useful and I believe to recall various ...
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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 ...
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Can I post a question and an answer just because I think it helps others?

The answer to the question if it is allowed is readily found in the help center: Can I answer my own question? The short version of the answer given there is: "Yes!" On top of that the software ...
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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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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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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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Users using Math Stack Exchange as a de facto blog

I agree that questions and answers should be judged by their individual merits. Should a user provide a large number of useful self-answered questions, we should really count ourselves lucky that ...
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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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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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Should I post my attempt as an answer or include it in the question

I don't think it's a good idea to post your attempt at an answer. If you're not sure about it, then it is more a part of the question. If you figure it out after asking, though, go ahead and post your ...
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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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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 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 ...
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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 &...
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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 ...
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What is the protocol for telling others you have found your mistake in your working?

If you haven't yet received an answer, answer it yourself. That way, no one will add an answer which merely expresses what you'd already discovered yourself (which would be a waste of time) and your ...
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Is it not allowed to answer ones own question?

It is allowed. But self-answered questions receive additional amount of scrutiny; in some users' opinion (including mine) they need more to justify their existence than "regular" questions. If it's ...
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What is SE etiquette when answering your own question?

Just to give my two cents, I'll say what I do about it. If my question was answered in the comments, then I @ ping the person who answered, telling them that my problem is solved and they can ...
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Closed as off-topic after asking and answering own question

If the questions was closed for lack of context (or "lack of shown effort", although this is not an official name for a close reason), then I think it should not have been closed in this case. The ...
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Self-answering a "suggested" question on comments?

I agree with the sentiment Gerry Myerson made in the comments above. Ideally, $A$ should post $CQ$ as a new question. If $A$ does not do so, $B$ should feel perfectly justified in creating a self-...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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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