This is sort of an etiquette quandary, I guess. I just found out about Acrobat's "Run Form Field Recognition" function (I have always done forms manually) AND how to tweak a form in InDesign so that said Acrobat function will recognize fields as easily as possible.

I think this is useful information which should be disseminated, and if I were searching on Google, I'd want to find that answer on a Stack Exchange site.

But I already know the answer to the question (How do I tweak an InDesign form so that Acrobat recognizes the fields easily?), and I even know where to look (InDesigner podcast).

I don't want to post my question and then post my own answer; that seems onanistically silly (even if there is a badge for it). But if I know the answer, is it bad form to ask the question?

  • Totally acceptable. Later I'll dig out Jeff's post where he supports this.
    – Farray
    Feb 15, 2012 at 14:46
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    @Farray Here it is. It's also linked to in the FAQ.
    – user3694
    Feb 15, 2012 at 23:29
  • @Yannis thanks!
    – Farray
    Feb 16, 2012 at 0:58

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Yes, you can certainly ask questions which you already know the answer. A few guidelines:

  1. Give other people a chance to answer the question before you post your answer. You don't have to in general answer, but at least wait a day or two before you post your own answer.
  2. Make sure it is an interesting question, more so than most questions.
  • 1) Do I in fact have to post an answer? 2) Given my sketch in the question above, would you consider that to be an interesting question? Feb 15, 2012 at 18:22
  • No, you sure don't. I'm not the best judge as to what's an interesting question either, so... Feb 15, 2012 at 19:06

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