Is it correct to answer my own question to share the information I knew about a place. Though Stack Overflow states this as correct, my questions have been blocked since I asked and answered them immediately. Why is it so?

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answering your own question is perfectly valid, that's what the

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is for. This has always been allowed on all SE sites, and was reinforced in 2012

Since Stack Overflow began, spontaneously sharing what you've learned by posting a question and immediately answering it has been allowed and even encouraged:

  • if you have a question that you already know the answer to
  • if you’d like to document it in public so others (including yourself) can find it later
  • it is OK to ask, and answer, your own question on a relevant Stack Exchange site.

Providing the question and answer is on topic there is nothing to stop you doing this.


Asking a question, then going off to investigate, and finding a solution later which you then share is fine

Asking a made up question just to give a specific answer isn't generally approved of, but can be OK in certain situations

Asking a made up question to give a promotional answer is never allowed

(Thinking of a question when you're off-line, finding the answer later, then asking + answering here is normally fine, but make sure you really are sharing something useful from it, not just showing off or promoting something)

Remember - the site is about solving problems. Answers that don't solve real problems aren't right here. If you just want to share some general information about travel, try Wiki Voyage or your own blog!

  • There is mostly a doubt on the made up question. I would say it depends whether someone would ask the question. And obviously it should meet all the requirements of a question.
    – Vince
    Commented Sep 23, 2014 at 19:32
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    Based on the other answers kols has given, it's safe to assume he isn't a spammer.
    – Golden Cuy
    Commented Sep 24, 2014 at 3:08
  • I got it. I'll post questions regarding problems and solutions only. Thakyou for the information.
    – Kolappan N
    Commented Sep 24, 2014 at 6:14
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    It's great now I got all my questions removed.(even the previous ones). Why?
    – Kolappan N
    Commented Sep 25, 2014 at 4:21
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    Why is Travel an exception to the general SE rules on this? Providing the question is on topic why can't a user simply make up a question they think might be useful and post an answer?
    – user9533
    Commented Sep 29, 2014 at 13:08
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    @Liam We follow the same rules laid out in that post. It all needs to start with a problem, which you either need solving, or you've already solved. If you just want to share some general info without there ever being a problem, SE isn't the right locate for that
    – Gagravarr
    Commented Sep 29, 2014 at 13:33
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    Asking a question when you already know the answer is fine too. If you did the research before you got around to asking here, that's no objection against asking and self-answering. There's even a user interface feature to post a question and answer at the same time. Commented Oct 30, 2014 at 12:06
  • @Gilles It still needs to start with a question though! Starting with the answer is the problematic thing
    – Gagravarr
    Commented Oct 30, 2014 at 12:27

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