In regard to this:
I went ahead and posted this question as you see it, but Dono noted that the original post didn't mention any research effort or anything. If I want to add a question to the site that I would feel is useful, but that I am able to research and find an answer to myself, would it be appropriate to just leave out that information? Should I state explicitly in the question that I have carried out research and am going to answer my own question and just wait for a correction or better answer if someone else has it?
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