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According to this Meta Stack Exchange post (hat tip to the user dly for linking to this in the comments), new users can post answers to their own questions after a waiting period of 8 hours. That post gives a number of reasons why, which I will briefly summarize as follows: Many new users mistake the Q&A format for a traditional forum, and try to write &...


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No, there is no exception for answers to your own question when it comes to up- and downvotes; the only exception is the ability to post comments on them, because that is sometimes necessary to get a satisfactory answer. The accept vote is sort of like an 1.5 upvote (looking at reputation gained) and it will pin the answer to the top, giving it more ...


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For a lot of new site users - they just aren't interested in why we vote, edit, close questions, and so on - they just want an answer to their question. And that's ok! Not everyone has to be an avid and active member of the community to ask their question. It would be nice, but it's not a realistic expectation. The users that do stick around will generally ...


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