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There is nothing wrong about it. It is perfectly ok to answer your own question, the system even allows it and changes the name of "answer" button to "Answer your own question". This was done in the past by many users, even high-reputation users did start their own question and answered them, e.g. @amoeba in here. Usually you ask a question if you want to ...


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Sure. Just quote them and give the source: john.doe@example.com answered my question in a private e-mail, I'm posting his answer below: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut ...


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Answers: When the answer is good or at least it is not bad (has not downvotes), then, yes. Yours seems pretty good. If the OP is sure the answer solves the question, then, yes again. Yes. The Stack Exchange sites encourage this behavior. There are rules which avoid gaming the system. Yes. When there is a better answer than the OP's. If another better ...


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"See so-and-so's comment" doesn't meet the standard for an answer on our site. Answers should be complete in themselves; for example, if BruceET was to delete his comment, your answer would be useless. It is usually seen as acceptable to invite the author of the comment to post as an answer, if you feel it is a complete answer to the question, or to ...


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I generally agree with @Tim's answer, but I'd like to make a few other points. 1) As noted by @amoeba, consent is really important. I can't emphasize this enough. I have tons of opinions about statistics that aren't well developed enough to be taught to the world / are probably wrong. I'd hate for someone to take some of my opinions and present them as ...


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Waiting for someone else step in and provide a complete answer there, when such answers already exist, but in different posts seems unlikely, besides a little bit counterproductive. Alternatively, you can accept the answer to your main question, i.e., the question number 1, which is more closely tied with the question's title and; simultaneously edit that ...


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One specific reason to accept your own answer that was not mentioned before is making the question appear differently in the question list/search results. Clearly marking questions that either already provide a solution to non-experts or need further attention from an expert might make search results (and the site in general) marginally more useful.


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I'm sorry for your frustration. The SE system works in a particular way that isn't necessarily obvious to new people. Your post was not an answer by our standards, and was thus deleted. The comment that was left below your post is a stock comment that can be automatically applied in situations like this. You're right that we don't want your question to ...


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