I noticed some questions being answered more than oncewith the same info (in my opinion) just for the delicious points.

It means: Someone ask a question and user 1 answer with a correct answer. User 2 see the question already answered and adds the same answer, with the same approach to resolve it, with almost the same solution plus some minor changes.

Is this a good practice in SE? Should this be accepted or is there any way to proceed in this case? In my opinion it does not add anything to the community but misunderstandings to the original question since there are a lot of similar (really similar) answers.

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I guess the approach on these questions depends on when the answers were written.
It happens very often that 2 people start answering the same question at almost the same time, but they post the answer a few seconds or minutes apart.
In this case, if the second poster does not delete on his own the answer there is nothing you can do. Both answers are equally valid.

But if you see a duplicate answer days or months after the original answer, my opinion is that you should flag it.


I'm on my phone so I will make this short: yes, duplicate answers with minor changes are highly encouraged, in fact in the beta period we are graded at having an answer to question ratio of at least 2:1!

In the case where an answer is never accepted a lone answer may seem dubious; but multiple approaches or duplication of the answer will instill confidence in future visitors.

  • Interesting point of view. Multiple answers with the same code/approach in it seems like unnecessary for me. If someone has something else to say which does not differ much from the original answer it might be added as a comment to the original answer or if it is minor, as an edit too.
    – mbalparda
    Commented Aug 15, 2014 at 13:45

Multiple answers are OK as for me. See for example:

How to consolidate/summarise/combine color and other attributes in the layered navigation

I've offered the solution based on our layered navigation modifications experience. The user haven't accepted it.
Then again the same answer. No reaction.
The same answer for the third time - finally accepted!


I had this occasion many times. Fortunately or unfortunately, you referenced a question in which I have answered just after you. Yes indeed, my answer is just a continuation of yours and shows the same content. But be honest, I can say that, I didn't copy you. In fact, I didn't see your answer before I am posting mine.

When I answer a question, I will always try to give my answer in detail. I always think about future visitors and try to give an answer in a way they can benefit too. In the above case, you can see that, I have provided almost everything that needed for a helper class. So any one who go through that quesiton atleast understand what are the files that are dealing with a helper class.

This way, I think my answer gave an addition to your answer. It helped to complete your answer. Do you think I need to delete my answer ?

Most of the time I have colllision with @Marius. He is superfast. No one can beat him while answer. When I post my answer, he may get a tick for his answer. :). After I see his answer, if I feel that my answer is not required any more, then I deleted such answers. If my answer added a single point more to his answer, then normally I will request him to mention my answer on his answer.

So what I feel right in this context is,

1) Delete second post if it has the same exact content of the first answer

2) If the other answer possess atleast one additional point that is not in other answers, then it should not be deleted.

3) If you believe your answer is an add-on to the question and answer for that question get already accepted, then it would be good to request to the answered guy to mention your answer in his post or add that point to his answer itself.

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