I asked this question yesterday, but when I was writing the answer, a comment from izx was there, asking more details. Then a completed the answer, and told him that, I actually trying to share a find out. Though I was feeling shame or some uneasiness about the fact that, I should have give more time to other answerer to give the answer.

My question is: Should I really give more time for the interested answerer, or Was I OK in my procedure. I feel some uneasiness about that. I want to hear from community.

  • It also seems to me too localized, and Not a ideal question. So, I deleted the Q/A
    – Anwar
    Commented Jul 2, 2012 at 7:35

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You can ask a question and not post it for answering immediately. The system allows for you to create your own encyclopedic content, i.e. ask a question and answer it simultaneously. For both of my bug-related questions and self-answers I was able to write the question and the answer simultaneously, and then hit "Submit" and the question showed it was already immediately answered. This feature has been in place for a while now. Granted, the question will be open until you can mark it as answered, but the question and answer will be both posted simultaneously.

And I am a strong supporter of posting your own QAs, if you know what you're talking about ;)


My opinion would be, by approaching with the idea for a question to be eligible for Bounty , it should be two days old .

So before Accepting answer which is Self-answered , i guess Giving that Two days Bounty eligibility days as time period for Interested Answerer , would be Better and Logical choice. It provides a fair share of getting a better or equivalent answer and also a cleared view of what should it contain from other answers whilst Self posting it .However, sometimes they can be much better than you can add , so availability of chance matters.

Otherwise , you can put P.S. or NOTE or a comment stating that Answer from the Asker is also intended or Expected as in a Tutorial Format .So the interested Answerer could or would suggest the content in the answer(which ofcourse would be brief , and it also helps in gaining reputations from community, like a fair chance) ,according to him. Thereby making it a better QA.

As Jeff Atwood said here

To be crystal clear, it is not merely OK to ask and answer your own question, it is explicitly encouraged.

I do it all the time! For example, when I ran into a nasty issue with Java exploits in Google Chrome when browsing for images, I documented that on Super User by asking and answering my own question. Now, others can benefit from my misfortune — and best of all, I got new even better answers beyond what I offered! Overall, a huge win all around.

So availing a time period for interested answer would be good enough , or If you are Confident enough to post it as Answer and accept it quite soon, both are welcomed.

  • As far as I know, You cannot accept your own answer before 2 days period. Thanks for the answer.
    – Anwar
    Commented Jul 2, 2012 at 13:47
  • Please feel free to edit this , at the time of answering i was unaware of the two days waiting fact , my mistake. Or comment so , so i can delete this answer.
    – atenz
    Commented Jul 2, 2012 at 14:21
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    No need to delete this. The answer is good. and that little information missing is not a big fact for the answer
    – Anwar
    Commented Jul 2, 2012 at 14:23

The question is still "open": the system gives at least 2 days for other answerers before you can mark yours as "accepted".

That said, I think that particular question may be a little too localized or "thin" on content, but that's just my opinion.

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