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How long should I wait before providing the answer to my riddle?

I see your riddle has now been solved, but I'll post an answer anyway for the eyes of others who wonder the same thing as you did. First of all, give it time. People are still looking at your riddle ...
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Sharing and rewarding what went into making a good puzzle

An outline for wrap-up posts can be found at Wrap-up posts: What should the formal part of it contain? Please copy the outline’s header, being sure to include the words ...
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My puzzle was answered credibly: correctly but not as intended

FWIW, here's what I've done in the past: Upvote the answer. Thank the answerer for their great contribution and acknowledge that the answer does fit the problem as stated. Explain that while you ...
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Is it fair to partake in my own challenge question?

In most cases, I think adding an answer is fine, and even a Good ThingTM. We often do something similar for challenges on Programming Puzzles and Code Golf, and call it a reference answer (or ...
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Can we self-answer our questions if no one answers? Should we?

What usually happens is that puzzle authors give hints; first, simple nudges, but I've seen hints which spoil half the puzzle, so to speak. Depending on the type of puzzle, posting a simplified ...
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Unanswered puzzle - leave, self-answer or write a postmortem?

I'll echo what @GentlePurpleRain has already said, and will add - I would be most in favor of your last option, though again any of the 3 GPR noted would be fine. I only have this preference ...
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Unanswered puzzle - leave, self-answer or write a postmortem?

I think any of 1, 2, and 4 are acceptable. You might want to think about what your goal is. Is your goal to have someone solve the puzzle? to offer an explanation the puzzle and what you feel was ...
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Providing solutions to one's own puzzles

I think a better approach would be for the asker or the writer of the "correct" answer to then tidy up the accepted answer. This means removing things like "probably"... Also what I, and others, have ...
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Posting a multi-part series on how to solve a puzzle?

My advice is to keep as much information in one spot as is reasonable. If there's no reason to split up the questions, don't. A more technical interpretation of the rules follows. Each question on ...
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How is a day 30 hours?

Self-answers can only be accepted 2 days after the question is posted. You posted your question at 2015-02-28 13:57:02Z, and the self-answer at 2015-03-01 07:42:14Z, which was approximately 17.75 ...
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When should I answer my own puzzle?

how long would one consider it as "long enough" That's going to depend a lot on individual opinion. Definitely not on the scale of hours or days, though - maybe not even weeks, more like months. This ...
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Is it fair to partake in my own challenge question?

The drawback of posting your own answer is that it may discourage other posters who would have gotten the ball rolling with small solutions that are unlikely to win. I think posting an answer is OK, ...
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How long should I wait before providing the answer to my riddle?

This is a slightly modified form of my answer to a very similar question This will vary from person to person. But, if solvers aren't able or interested enough to solve a puzzle, here's the process I ...
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