What's the etiquette for asking a question you want to answer?

Let's say one has a piece of advice one thinks would benefit the community. Would it be acceptable to post a question and then immediately answer said question?

Assume the question would not be a duplicate and would be of sufficient quality to garner additional answers from the community.

  • have you asked it yet? I know it's allowed but haven't actually seen anyone do it, should be interesting
    – Kilisi Mod
    Commented Sep 3, 2016 at 13:11
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    Under the 'ask question' button there is even a checkbox which allows you to ask and answer at the same time: i.sstatic.net/75YfV.png Commented Sep 4, 2016 at 6:43
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is answered clearly and completely in the help center: "Can I answer my own question?"
    – Lilienthal Mod
    Commented Sep 4, 2016 at 19:15
  • I would consider asking in chat first and get some help to make sure its not a duplicate. Commented Sep 6, 2016 at 21:53
  • Related Meta StackExchange Question: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/17845/…
    – Kevin Xu
    Commented Sep 8, 2016 at 21:35

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Stack Exchange policy explicitly says it's OK to ask a pedagogical question and answer it yourself. Others can also answer, of course, and your answer gets voted on just like any other answer (and independently from voting on the question).

Take the time to make it a well-written question and a well-written answer.

  • @chrisG While the site clearly allows the practice, I believe the practice is often viewed in an unfavorable light. Unless your answer question and answer are both high quality, you should expect to see some downvotes.
    – Lumberjack
    Commented Sep 7, 2016 at 14:55

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