It seems weird to me that the software allows you to write multiple answers to a question, let alone your own question.

Example: How do you efficiently empty beer bottles?

  • I think I've committed a faux pas. I'd considered putting these options in the question, but I've seen people warned against "answering ones own question", so I tried the multiple answers for people to independently vote/comment on. Is there a better way to handle this? I'd be happy to delete my answers. – Ray Aug 25 '11 at 21:46
  • I don't think you need to go to the extreme of deleting your answers. But in this particular example its a very subjective thing. You might be able to scientifically experiment which way is faster, but its still largely a personal opinion on how one person choses to empty bottles. In this case then, its better as a wiki. – brewchez Aug 26 '11 at 1:27
  • That works for me. I had no idea this would be so controversial... I'll try to behave in the future :) – Ray Aug 26 '11 at 1:29
  • Actually, to be honest, it was just something I was thinking about (while waiting for the glug-glug-glug), and considering experimenting to get good data. Then I thought I could share that on the SE site. Then I noticed that the site's Area 51 profile shows that there aren't enough questions coming in, so I figured I'd just get it in there to help do my part. – Ray Aug 26 '11 at 1:31
  • Its all good Ray – brewchez Aug 26 '11 at 13:06

Occasionally - very, very occasionally - this is useful.

But just because the system lets you do it doesn't mean its a good idea. And in fact, the system will warn you if you try it.

Are you sure you want to add another answer?

Are you sure you want to add another answer?

You could use the edit link to refine and improve your existing answer, instead.

  • Its just strange odd that the system allows it at all, despite warnings. I think its fine to offer an answer to your own question. But if you have the power to offer several answers it just shows that you don't know the answer. A questioner should just sit back and wait for an answer. It seems to be a big flaw in the set up to me. – brewchez Aug 26 '11 at 1:28

Answering your own question once in a "here's a different way that worked well/didn't work at all" sense seems like something one should be able to do. Multiple times does seem weird, though turning it into a wiki does counter that oddness to some extent.

At some point you have to rely on the users to behave in rational ways, I suppose.

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