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After waiting couple hours for an answer to a question I posted on the Blender site, I found the answer myself and decided to post it. During that process, I was asked a pointed question ("do you really want to do this"). I thought answering your own question is not only possible but encouraged. Is the heavy-handed approach really necessary?

Here's the sequence:

Strikes me as somewhat counterintuitive: Answer Your Question... OK, I will. Immediately afterwards, "Are you sure you want to answer your question?"

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    $\begingroup$ It's important here that you look at the rest of the dialog. It's essentially there to try and prevent users from posting follow-up comments/responses or clarifications of their questions as answers. $\endgroup$
    – Bart
    Jan 21 '15 at 15:50
  • $\begingroup$ Who asked the "pointed question" discouraging you from answering your own question? It seams that user needs to learn something about the SE system. $\endgroup$
    – David
    Jan 21 '15 at 16:37
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What you're asked is the following:

Self-answer dialog

If you keep on reading past the large title, it suggests that comments should be posted as a comment, and questions themselves can be edited to update them.

There are plenty of users who aren't used to the Stack Exchange Q&A format. They are used to forums where you respond to others or clarify your own content by creating a new post. We'd like to prevent that from happening. (It's annoying to deal with for us regulars, and won't be a positive experience for the poster either).

So that's all there is to that dialog. If you have a great self-answer, by all means post it. We just want to make sure that you're not making a mistake.

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  • $\begingroup$ At the time I was answering my question, there were no answers. So, I could not be responding to an answer. And as a longtime stackoverflow user, I know how to edit questions, and could not be confusing the issue. $\endgroup$
    – Sabuncu
    Jan 21 '15 at 16:05
  • $\begingroup$ Certainly. You apparently are very aware of how this thing works. Great. :) But unfortunately that's not the case for a lot of users. So better be safe than sorry there. You could put in a new feature request somewhere to make it context sensitive, but I'd give that one a "meh". $\endgroup$
    – Bart
    Jan 21 '15 at 16:07
  • $\begingroup$ By the way, I initially did not read past the large title, because all I was concerned about at that instance was not forgetting what I was going to post! ;-) $\endgroup$
    – Sabuncu
    Jan 21 '15 at 16:08
  • $\begingroup$ Haha, can't say that hasn't happened to me before. Especially in a dialog that "doesn't apply to me". Clickety-click. But yeah, overall I can deal with an extra dialog if that prevents me from having to clean up the mess of others afterwards. :) $\endgroup$
    – Bart
    Jan 21 '15 at 16:12
  • $\begingroup$ I wonder how difficult it would be to do a context-sensitive check. I am not familiar w/ the Stack Exchange API, and I am sure the current number of answers to a question would be available, but how easily, don't know. Also, if a user like myself does not initially read past the large title, then that in itself should be a comment on the UI experience, don't you think? Thanks. $\endgroup$
    – Sabuncu
    Jan 21 '15 at 16:15
  • $\begingroup$ Hang out with us on Meta SE and Meta SO for a while. You'll realize soon that people (even those with the best intentions) don't read stuff, no matter how well you prepare it for them or how in-your-face you put it. :D But that said, if you have particular suggestions to improve experiences, by all means see if they have been suggested before, and if not then suggest them. $\endgroup$
    – Bart
    Jan 21 '15 at 16:17
  • $\begingroup$ Great, thank you! $\endgroup$
    – Sabuncu
    Jan 21 '15 at 16:21
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There is nothing wrong with answering your own question. In fact it is encouraged.

This comment discussion shows it well.

Self answer
It’s OK to Ask and Answer Your Own Questions
Should I not answer my own questions?
Etiquette for answering your own question

That warning is similar to the "Are you sure you want to add another answer?" warning. Just a reminder box letting users know that what you are about to do may not be the best format.

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Yes, you are allowed to answer your own question if you have found a solution.

That doesn't mean that people won't downvote it if they think that it's not a good answer. They're going to evaluate its quality just like they will every other answer, and provide the appropriate feedback.

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  • $\begingroup$ My question here does not concern downvotes. I really don't understand why you would bring that up. I am questioning the tone and wording of the dialogue shown to the user during the process of a self-answer. $\endgroup$
    – Sabuncu
    Jan 21 '15 at 15:42

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