I recently asked System upgrade for a small home-server? , and someone answered the question via email:
Obviously the question should be answered as an answer on the question itself, not via email, as:
- This means that if someone else has the same question, there is no answer;
- Defeats the reputation system (e.g, no rep for answering or accepting);
- Means the question itself may go unanswered
I responded to the email by requesting the question be answered an an answer on the question itself:
Did I take the correct action? What about if they do not answer the question using the 'answer' facility? Should I self-answer the question, using the details they supplied in their email?