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Just wondering, is it ok to ask questions if you know the answer already? I'm thinking that it helps the beta, but maybe I'm wrong on this?

Est-ce une bonne idée de poser des questions dont on connait déjà la réponse? A priori, je pense que ça peut aider la phase beta, mais ça me paraît quand même bizarre. Ou bien est-ce une mauvaise idée?

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From SO faq:

It’s also perfectly fine to ask and answer your own question, as long as you pretend you’re on Jeopardy! – phrase it in the form of a question.

Note also that this question has been done to death on meta.SO.

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  • I should have looked first. Guess I was too focussed on the "beta" side of things and didn't realize it was a legitimate question even after that. – Joubarc Aug 18 '11 at 9:57
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Yes, this should be fine, as long as the question would have been on-topic even if you didn't know the answer. Giving a good answer to a good question that you know beforehand can help the site be more useful.

Oui, il n'y a aucun problème avec ça, tant que la question serait appropriée pour le site même si on ne sait pas la bonne réponse. Donner une bonne réponse à une bonne question qu'on sait déjà pourrait aider le site d'être plus utile.

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On occasion, I've asked a question, found out the answer AFTERWARD, and posted the answer days later. Apparently asking the question speeds up the learning process. And that would be a good thing.

The site gives a "self-learned" award to a person's answering their own question with three upvotes, so it is apparently encouraged.

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