# Is it fair to partake in my own challenge question?

I recently posted a challenge question. (Refer link below)
The Survivors of Dictionaria

The idea for this question came to me when I was driving one day and happened to notice that the car behind me was a Renault Duster. The front bumper had the letters 'DUSTER' written across it, and looking at the word in reverse, I realized that the word DUSTER could be morphed into RUSTED simply by interchanging the first and last letter. This was the inspiration for creating the puzzle.

I wondered then if it would be fair to add this in an answer to the challenge. I refrained from doing so at the time, but again came around to wondering what the community's opinion on this matter would be, when I posted the question From Puzzling to StackExchange. (I had a solution of 31 moves, which would have been comprehensively beaten anyway, thus keeping the competition very much alive.)

PROS:

• It helps to kick off the challenge and provides an example for others to build on.
• It helps to capture an honest attempt from the questioner as part of the challenge. It can be seen as 'Hey everyone, so I found that the word DUSTER can be morphed to RUSTED by interchanging the first and last letters. I challenge everyone to find the longest such word!'

CONS:

• It would seem unfair that the questioner has had more time to think about the idea and come up with the best possible solution already.

(One alternate could be to include it as an example in the question, but it is one possible answer in itself, so can it be posted as one.)

• I think if your solution in the puzzling to stack exchange puzzle was actually helpful. However, if your solution is one which is too hard to beat or reveals important insights, you should at least wait some time before posting it. – Rohcana Aug 19 '15 at 13:46
• @Anachor: Being a challenge puzzle, there wasn't an aha moment that I could exploit. And my solution of 31 moves goes to show that I hadn't really spent too much time to optimize my solution, with 20 being the current best. In any case, the very first answer to that question had managed 27 moves (albeit with invalid words), thereby making my answer rather useless, seeing as it performs worse than the current best. – CodeNewbie Aug 19 '15 at 14:05
• So adding it after a while would often render the answer obsolete, taking into account the swiftness of some community members. – CodeNewbie Aug 19 '15 at 18:08
• Are you asking this in the hope of being able to post an answer each time you post a question, to triple the amount of rep you're likely to get from it? </rep-whore-pride> ;-) – Rand al'Thor Aug 20 '15 at 16:03
• @randal'thor: Well, something like that. But in effect, it's one way of getting the ball rolling, and setting a loose benchmark to get people more interested. In case of the word ladder question, the very first answer reached 27, then edited to reach 21, which is close to the current best of 20. Meanwhile, an answer of 31 would be more motivational for everyone else. – CodeNewbie Aug 20 '15 at 17:31