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In the order given, I think that should be OK – and fully within the rules: At the time you asked there was no solution, nobody gave you one, so you worked it out for yourself and then answered your own question. And it's even open source, so I'd say that's great! What would be not OK IMHO is to ask a question giving the specs for software you already wrote ...


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I think every SE site should allow users to post answers to their own questions, including SR. However, consider the following: The question itself should be a good, topical question, irrespective of the answer. Cover the answer over or pretend it doesn't exist. Would you allow that question to be on this site if you were a mod? If the answer is clearly "...


7

I would say it's perfectly okay to self-answer your own question - of course, you will be held to a slightly higher standard by the community. I would say you should steer clear of: Self-answering with your own product Unilaterally declaring that this product is the best solution If you do self-answer with your own product, make sure that you declare your ...


7

I basically agree – though I wouldn't close/delete an answer based on that. Stating "my"/"our" etc. the poster already gives a certain disclosure (if OTOH the poster tries to hide the fact, posing as "happy user" or the like, those fakes of course should be banned and definitely counted as spam if proven). Rather than close/delete, I'd place a comment and ...


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Yes, I would say it is OK, as long as you clearly say that you are the author. If the goal is really to increase your skills and thus you make the result open source, then it is actually even more acceptable than the situation described at Acceptable to ask → build → self-answer a question for open source? which is already considered as OK.


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This could be as starter but important points when crafting your question/answer: Be fair Don't write requirements you don't need just so your software fits better. Write what you need in a way it doesn't force a piece of software and allows everyone to chime in. Be honest This apply to the previous point. Write exactly what you are looking for in the ...


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This site doesn't have a specific policy about answering a question with your own software.¹ Follow the general Stack Exchange policy and guidelines on self-promotion (whose current wording evolved partly based on discussions about Stack Overflow). The important thing about mentioning your own software is that you must clearly and honestly disclose your ...


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In the order QUESTION->BUILD->ANSWER it is perfectly OK, and actually a great thing to do, even if it is not open source. In the order BUILD->QUESTION->ANSWER, I would say it is OK if the software is open source, because open source projects can be forked by anyone, so they are never really yours in the first place. They fit in this site's spirit of sharing ...


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Sure you can, you are even encouraged to – see Can I answer my own question? in our help system. About open-source vs. proprietary: it should of course be open-source … if the question requires that (honestly, FOSS is always a good idea). But then, as it is your own question, you are the one specifying the requirements. The answer should match those. As you ...


3

I would definately add this. In addition to the usual unwritten rule - that your sole purpose on a site should not be to shrill your product, clearly indicating 1,2 or 3 means that your answer has a little more weight, since you're familiar with the product and safely meets the open-ness criteria. 4 is implicit in answering. 5 is implicit in not answering ;...


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This is a really interesting question; thanks for taking the time to think about the situation. I suggest this be analysed from a "spirit of the law" perspective. What is the point of requiring disclosure? Typically it is to allow the consumer to understand how the author might be biased. There are two ends to the spectrum: Somebody with a vested interest ...


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SE's main overriding philisophy is "vote for the post, not the user". As such, the guideline to self-answering is very simple: produce a high-quality answer; the same way as you would have if it was someone else's question. The only caveats are: Make sure you don't phrase the question in way that people could perceive as spamming/self-advertisement setup....


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In my opinion on software recommendations site would be better to formulate questions differently in order to just avoid self answering. I do understand the logic behind SE type of sites but I can't see it useful here. Premise of good question should be clear explanation of tasks or actions one needs to accomplish. For example: I am looking for a ...


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