I was reviewing questions that I asked and wanted to accept an answer which I then saw was actually supplied by me (yes, I answered my own question) - The “Shir Hamaalos” etc before Maariv: is it said before nightfall?

I tried - the system accepted it. I then reversed it as it seems open to abuse.

What is the official view?

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    See here and here
    – Michoel
    Commented Oct 4, 2012 at 12:49
  • @Michoel Thank you Commented Oct 4, 2012 at 13:50
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    @Michoel, why don't you post a quick summary of the latter source as an answer?
    – Isaac Moses Mod
    Commented Oct 4, 2012 at 13:53
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    This would be a great opportunity to demonstrate the value of a self-answer. :-) Another source: meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/a/307/472 Commented Oct 4, 2012 at 14:11
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    – TRiG
    Commented Nov 28, 2012 at 20:36

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Accepting your own answer is an intentional feature in the StackExchange network. By accepting an answer you make it clear that the question has been resolved, and easy to see the accepted which is marked with a green check-mark. Usually accepting an answer gives 15 reputation points to the answerer, and permanently docks the answer directly under the question irrespective of up-votes, however this is not the case if you accept your own answer which is why this cannot be abused. Additionally, you are not able to accept your own answer within 48 hours of asking the question.

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