I've never seen anything like the wanton retribution described in that ten year old answer happen here in Space SE or anywhere else for that matter.
The accepted ten year old answer that begins with
Yes. It's encouraged (answering your own question). Accept it if it's the best answer.
and has ten times the votes, so there's that...
Here's an example ...
I've done it a few times, with no backlash, for things that I already knew the answer to. When I run across / think of something that might be interesting / amusing / little-known.
If it's something I don't know the answer to, but later figure it out, I'll answer if no one else does. Then sometimes someone else posts a far superior answer and I delete mine....
I think that as long as the answer has a positive contribution, this positive contribution as voted on as per the SE standards is still a contribution.
A self answered question with a good amount of votes for this self answer in itself has a reason to exist, simply because multiple people took the time to read and upvote the self answer.
Even if a self ...
Dummy answer and one in progress for the same question allowed?
I've seen answers with "in progress" or "under construction" once in a while here in Space Exploration SE, and probably used that once or twice myself. However, in all cases I've seen, it's been done to keep people for leaving comments that ask questions that are going to be answered by the ...
Stack Exchange Data Explorer might at least help; you can search posts by the deleted owner's display name.
Posts by deleted owner's display name
SELECT Id AS [Post Link], Score, Body
WHERE PostTypeId <=2 AND OwnerUserId IS NULL AND OwnerDisplayName = '##DisplayName##'
ORDER BY CreationDate ASC
(not tested thoroughly, might be buggy)
Yes. If you upload the image using the image dialog so it's hosted by imgur, you can change the name of the image to display resized ones that are automatically generated on upload:
Add l at the end of the image name for a 640 pixels in width large image,
add m for a 320 pixels wide medium image,
t for a 160 pixels wide tiny image,
or s for a small 90x90 ...
I frequently post minimal answers quickly. I admit that I do it in order to discourage people from posting even poorer answers — more because I find reading bad answers to be excruciating than out of competitiveness for points, honestly.
However, I do try and make them actual answers, even if they’re on the sketchy side. I would deserve and expect a ...
Any answer must be able to stand on its own.
You can absolutely revisit and improve an answer over time, providing the original answer you give is, in fact, an acceptable answer to the question.
The original answer has to do at least a decent job of answering the core question, otherwise what's the point of giving an answer that isn't an answer? The ...
This is 100% fine as long as it's a good answer. Even if the user only posted the question as a place to put the answer they want to share with everyone else. e.g. as a good canonical duplicate for a frequently-asked question, or just something interesting they wondered and researched themselves.
I've done this a few times myself, on Stack Overflow, to ...
JCRM is correct that in many cases it is possible to edit the information into the answer for the user, but in this case the user has engaged in a pattern of omitting critical information from the answer and then adding it to the comments section with multiple comments. This behavior is discouraged.
If you see some one off instances of this, you can flag ...
It's not really necessary on Space.SE
There are other SE sites where the early answers have a huge advantage, even if incomplete. New answers get pushed so far down the page that they hardly get seen, accumulating votes more slowly than the earlier answers. No wonder why some people use placeholder answers.
Most questions on Space.SE ...