Prevent askers from submitting an answer to their question
On many occasions I see questions where the asker has added some extra detail, but not by updating/editing their question. Instead, the asker has submitted an answer to the question to add the additional information.
There are two problems with this:
1) It is not immediately obvious that the extra detail has come from the same person that asked the question.
2) As the answers are displayed in different orders depending upon when they were submitted and what thumbs up and thumbs down they have received, the extra information can appear completely out of context.
I propose that Yahoo modify the Answers system to prevent askers from adding extra information as an answer. They should only be allowed to update/edit their question to provide the extra information.
This is a good idea. Askers should use the “update” function, not the answer function on their own questions. I suppose there is a use case where askers find the answer to their own questions and want to share it. I’ll have to do more research on this matter.
Po Boy commented
Answering your own question is frequently used in connection with the anonymous feature and anonymous blocking. In conjunction, they are a trolls paradise.
Husoski M commented
@Admin Amy: The most common use of this that I have seen is where there just isn't enough room allowed in the question for a decent problem statement. I'm mostly active in "Mathematics" and "Programming & Design"--so these may be niche cases for Y!A overall--but expanding the what can be placed in a question might reduce the legitimate need or self-answered questions.
One of the exploits I've seen is a user in Mathematics who posts questions anonymously, apparently intended to be a challenge problem, then answers openly if nobody else gives a correct response. That's technically a Q&A format violation, but it's not frequent or malicious so I haven't reported. However, I have seen him award himself a Best Answer. Is that still allowed, and if so does it count towards his standings?
Banned for Life commented
I think this is an excellent suggestion because the ability to answer ones own question leads to abuse. This makes the Leader Board meaningless when people post just to give themselves Best Answer. It also leads to trolling when someone posts an inflammatory "question" then answers in a similar manner (with the question and/or answer posted anonymously) and gives BA to their own answer.
I certainly hope that if you remove the ability to answer ones own question you do it using IP address rather than any other criteria so multiple accounts cannot be used to overcome the restriction.
The addition of multiple updates to a question is being abused by some users who post questions anonymously. They use it to argue endlessly with some answerers while remaining anonymous, since commenting on an answer reveals their identity.
There are times when certain types of information can be added only in an answer, such as an active video that can be seen without having to be a link to be clicked on. Active videos cannot be posted in an update. The same for a viewable image.
Those users who view a question might not be inclined to click on links to videos or images, but they would be able to see them in the Asker’s answer. The Asker can refer the user to the answer for the added information.
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Gabe dean commented
Add a feature that tells them, right before they submit, where they can UPDATE/EDIT the question, then?
I'm retracting my votes on this one. The real problem is that sometimes what you insert as an update appears as an answer
"show more" is obnoxious and needs to die, so I ignore that for purposes of this question.
Spammers have discovered this new feature and love it. Little or no real value + spammer heaven = feature should be removed.
I have mixed feelings on that. The new limitations and "show more" in the question area severely hamper providing an effective explanation about the reasons or basis for the question. It is much harder for the Asker to provide an easy to read question. In effect, the new limitations also prevent a visitor from taking in all the information about the question. The ability of providing a summation in the answer area helps to get around that problem. if Yahoo would allow a reasonable amount of text in the question area and get rid of the "show more", the ability to use an answer would not be needed.