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Is is allowed to patent an idea and not put it in actual practice?

So, I have an idea and I wish to patent but as of today I can't put it to any actual use. Is it possible to patent in that way for the sole purpose of preventing someone else from patenting it?
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Can someone patent someone else's invention?

In the history, invention conflicts were on who has patented an invention sooner. This is the subject of stealing an invention. Consider one has published an invention in any kind of media, can this ...
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Can I file a patent after publishing as part of collaborative public content?

I have been considering a wikipedia style system for code (software), and am trying to figure out what the patent implications are. Aside from the risk of accidentally violating someone else's patent ...