Since the site is in beta, and the idea is to develop a core of high-quality questions: should we be posting what we think are good questions which we ourselves know the answers to?

For example, I could pose a hypothetical problem (or an old problem) which I have already solved, and I anticipate many others will face in the future, and present my own solution as an answer. Is this frowned upon or encouraged?

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    $\begingroup$ Go for it, it is encouraged. $\endgroup$
    – zx8754
    May 18, 2017 at 6:22

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As far as I understand, posting questions Q&A style is encouraged. That's probably why now you can even post the question and the answer at the same time through the website interface.

I was doing it myself here, and for one of two questions, there was a better answer proposed, which in my opinion is really cool.


I had a similar concern about the "high-quality-questions", so I asked about what to do with the example questions posted in the definition phase. I asked in Area 51 meta and an answer suggest posting the example questions is fine.

Posting and answering your own question is not frowned upon but the tour page says:

  • Specific issues with bioinformatics
  • Real problems or questions that you’ve encountered

So if it a hypothetical problem it is not a good question for the site.

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    $\begingroup$ Posting and answering your own question is actively encouraged, not just not frowned upon. The tour guidelines (which are basically the same for all SE sites) are trying to avoid open ended hypothetical stuff. A specific problem for which you have the answer should be fine. $\endgroup$
    – terdon
    May 18, 2017 at 11:05

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