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Answers posted as comments are fair game. Here's what Tim Post, the Director of Stack Overflow Communities has to say about it: You don't have anything to feel guilty about. If the person was interested in writing and maintaining an answer, they would have done so. If it was in fact the correct answer it's hardly likely that they would be the only one to ...


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My first instinct is that it wouldn't really be on topic, no. GRUB isn't a *nix thing, as such, it acts before the operating system so isn't really a part of any OS. Yes, it is a tool more commonly found in the *nix world, but using GRUB to install Windows systems doesn't seem to be something that would fall within the scope of this site. It would, however,...


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Q1) is it appropriate at unix.sx to ask OPs to post answers once they found them by themselves, and to mark them as accepted? Sure we do this all the time. Many of us often will also fill in gaps that we stumble across on the internet or on this site and will post a question, merely to provide our own answer(s) a home here and on the internet at large. ...


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The metaSO site has this Q&A on the subject: How does accepting an answer work?. Within a bullet list there in the accepted answer (ironically) is this: The bottom line is that you should accept the answer that you found to be the most helpful to you, personally. So it's entirely up to the OP to accept whichever and it's just something you ...


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Self-answered questions are ok in general, but: the Stack Exchange format is not the best for "blog"-type posts. Questions should be questions that have answers. If you can imagine more than one solution to each of your manuals, then they might be appropriate for the site. Please also note that learning materials are off-topic here, so answers that are in ...


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I think this is perfectly fine to do and would encourage you to do so. So long as your Q&A is not viewed as a duplicate of some other question that already exists, I can't really think of any reasons why this would be a bad thing. NOTE: I've actually done this myself on a few occasions when a question has moved away from what it was originally asking, ...


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Yes. This is okay on all of Stack Exchange. See https://unix.stackexchange.com/help/self-answer


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It's always appropriate. If a user expects to get free answers and give none when they figure it out, well I'll let you finish the sentence. More specifically: 1) Absolutely. 2) I've fixed quite a few new things by seeing how older related things were fixed. I think there's value in deleting barely anything.


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Yes, you should. In fact it will be encouraged from now on: Encourage both askers and answerers to fix questions they care about. We're taking baby steps in this direction with some new badges, but we could be doing so much more: how about a message shown to folks answering these questions warning them that their efforts may be wasted if they don't ...


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An answer is an answer. It doesn't matter the source. The purpose of stack exchange is the collation of good questions and answers to them. The individual poster getting their question answered is a beneficial side effect. If you have a noticeable problem to solve, typically you will continue with it in parallel anyway. Things you discover you should ...


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Both, although there's no need to make it a wiki. Post a question along the lines of "Why can't I fetch the gcc-doc package on Debian?" with a description of what goes wrong when you try without the non-free repos, and then post your own answer with the solution. Just try to keep them distinct; the question should really be a question somebody who doesn't ...


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Simple: poach them with no mercy! I am going to make it my business to poach each and every question I find that has been answered in the comments. If the commenter doesn't like it, tough - they should have posted a proper answer! (seriously, this is one of my pet hates on SE ...)


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It's always appropriate to answer your own question if you have the answer. If the asker signals that they have solved their problem, it's appropriate to encourage them to post an answer. The answer must explain how the problem was solved. Don't answer “The problem is fixed” just to make a question answered. Explain what was needed to fix it, e.g. modifying ...


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The textbox is supposed to be initially hidden when you're answering your own question (folks tend to mistake it as a way to follow up on other answers otherwise), but the button itself should be enabled. There is both a rep restriction and a time-delay, but it's... 10 rep and 8 hours. Also, they only apply after you try to post. So you should be good ...


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I agree with part of @slm's answer, specifically: The metaSO site has this Q&A on the subject: How does accepting an answer work?. Within a bullet list there in the accepted answer (ironically) is this: The bottom line is that you should accept the answer that you found to be the most helpful to you, personally. So it's ...


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