It's bad enough when folks zerg rush the site with sockpuppets during contests or major launches. But now we're directly encouraging folks to rep-whore?!!

the selfanswer checkbox on Gaming

What possible good can come of this?!!!

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    Has there actually been an issue with zerg-rushing sock puppets? Commented May 18, 2012 at 21:39
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    AFAIK, a few people have tried sockpuppetting the contests; it didn't end well for them.
    – Shog9
    Commented May 18, 2012 at 21:41
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    possible duplicate of meta.gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/1204/…
    – badp
    Commented May 18, 2012 at 21:43
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    Good questions and answers are independent of who posts them.
    – Nick T
    Commented May 18, 2012 at 22:01
  • @NickT Completely true, but pretending there's a limit on the number of good questions that can be asked is kind of silly. If I really wanted to exploit the contest I could find a dozen great questions in an hour.
    – Decency
    Commented May 18, 2012 at 22:40

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I know, right? Folks are gonna dump all their tips and information in a convenient format that appeals to other readers and make off with all of our precious EXP!

Oh, wait... That's the idea.

This already happens. In fact, it's been encouraged in the first FAQ section from day one. It could - and maybe should - happen a lot more. Some of us tend to answer our own questions, without ever even asking them... And we could really be helping folks out if, upon struggling with something for a while before solving it, we spent the time to write up what we learned.

So the new UI strives to make that an obvious choice, without inadvertently misleading readers into thinking they need to jump in and help you with your question while you struggle to get that answer out.

And if you see someone post something useless in a blatant attempt to get rep for nothing... Down-vote, close, delete. Or publicly shame them by posting a better answer. Be creative...

See also: What is this “answer your own question” jazz? on Meta SO.

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    WAIT! You answered this question as you posted it! I'm going to report you to the moderators and/or the employees of the network!!!one!!!
    – agent86
    Commented May 18, 2012 at 21:37
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    Attempting to rep-whore in meta...I think your plan is flawed.
    – Nick T
    Commented May 18, 2012 at 22:08
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    This is meta meta...
    – Decency
    Commented May 18, 2012 at 22:41
  • Obligatory xkcd link
    – dpatchery
    Commented May 21, 2012 at 13:10

Just used it for the first time. This is Nifty. I like it. Though if it'd been around when I asked this question for the purpose of self answering, I wouldn't have been able to game the system for a Populist badge.


I think that this is a good thing. I recently asked this question as I was interested how to get better in Starcraft.

An answer pointed me in the right direction, so I knew what to look for and where I could find it. I took the time to read through some of the new sources I found this way and combined everything into an answer.

I could have asked for further details or waited a few days, but this way I am satisfied with the provided pointers and I can share my results.

Before I had to edit my question adding a "Solution" section. Sure this works but this is not the intention of this site, is it?

I think it is good that you have to wait to accept your own answer and you do not get any points for that.

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    Just to be clear, you've always been able (and encouraged) to answer your own question. What's new is the button allowing you to do so at the same time that you ask it - as in, before anyone else gets the chance to answer you. Commented May 20, 2012 at 3:21

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