Can I ask a question if I know the answer but I think it may be useful for future viewers?

Essentially, I had a question that detailed research revealed the answer to but I could see other people having difficulty finding the answer.

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    \$\begingroup\$ It is worth noting that the entire SE system is built around generating Q&As that are useful, not just to the people asking them, but to people that come after. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 23, 2018 at 17:27
  • \$\begingroup\$ How much detailed research? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 23, 2018 at 17:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ @HeyICanChan more than was necessary it turns out, the answer was more obvious then it should have been, but I read through the entire Monster Manual and Volo's Guide checking for counter examples \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 23, 2018 at 19:01

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Absolutely, in fact its encouraged and I believe there is even a badge you can earn for doing it.

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    \$\begingroup\$ There is, but we should caution that this is only encouraged when the question is “real,” that is, a question you, or at least some reasonable person, could have had. The ideal form of a self-answered question is a question you had, and then found the answer to yourself. Self-answered Q&As are a great way to share your research and findings, but if it comes across as a semi-sneaky way to farm rep or promote a game you might get downvotes. \$\endgroup\$
    – KRyan
    Commented Mar 23, 2018 at 17:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ @KRyan ill keep that in mind and mention what sparked the question in my post \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 23, 2018 at 17:23

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