Personally, I prefer the way IPS.SE (the Interpersonal Stack Exchange) handles it.
A relevant question from IPS.meta.SE: How should a question asker explain the results of using specific advice?
In cases like this, where the asker of a question tries out advice and
finds some sort of a result, how should they share this with the rest
of the community? I have some ideas:
- In comments below an answer, if they took the advice mainly from one answer.
- In a self-answer, if the approach was different enough.
- In a short edited section in the question body.
And Catija's highly upvoted answer:
I'm really not a fan of adding "what I did" to the question. It's not
part of the question. It's a solution and belongs in the answers. So,
that being said, option three is out.
Option 1 is good (along with accepting the answer) if you really did
just use the advice from that question - assuming you can keep it
If you went with a completely different solution or a combination of
them, I'd go with option two, I'd write a self-answer and explain what
you did and what the result was.
This is what I always encourage on Cooking as many users ask for help
there and then either
- Don't get an answer at all so they do some testing and come back with the results
- They get an answer that isn't based on evidence and, upon testing, get a different result
- They get an answer and it worked for them (so they post a comment on the answer and accept it).
So, in short, I'd recommend the following:
- If you found one particular answer to be helpful and followed their
advice, accept that answer and explain the outcome/aftermath as a
comment on that answer.
- If you found none of the answers to be the most helpful, leave an
answer on your question explaining what you ended up doing and how it
worked out. If you actually followed the advice of multiple different
answers (fairly equally) rather than any single answer, you can give
credit for those suggestions in your answer.