Should I ask a question if I know the answer, but hope it makes a good discussion?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Just remember that the goal is not to discuss a topic but rather to answer a question. \$\endgroup\$
    – chills42
    Oct 28, 2010 at 15:04

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It's perfectly acceptable, from the faq "it's also perfectly fine to ask and answer your own question, as long as you pretend you're on Jeopardy: phrase it in the form of a question. "

It can also be a great way of picking up tips from people who give more complete answers

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    \$\begingroup\$ Indeed! But please give others a shot at answering it, before you do it yourself. You never know, you might learn something new! \$\endgroup\$
    – Ivo Flipse
    Oct 27, 2010 at 20:16

Yes, if it is a neglected area that needs to be illuminated.
No, if it seems you are showing off your knowledge are are in search of reputation points.
But, wait for others to reply first before providing your own answer.


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