What is the correct thing to do when someone posts two different answers to the same question?

Here is my example, I am not trying to say "This user did this wrong!", we have only had a couple of comments discussion about it, I am just looking for opinions on this for future reference.

I see no reason, that one question can require two answers from the same user, how best to handle this?

Does it even matter? It is a bit untidy but not hurting anyone.


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It's an occasional practice for users to post two or more answers to the same question. It may be done for several reasons:

  • To split specific use-cases into separate posts, which may require specific approach.
  • To decrease noise/distraction in the original/first answer. Lengthy answers may get tedious to read for users. Shorter posts may win in clarity
  • To outline multiple steps required for the solution, and provide detailed overview of what should be done

The specific example you address can fall under the first bullet point, but not under the other two, so in that specific case I agree - the posts should be merged. That said, I still think multiple posts are OK

I personally have often gotten comments suggesting that alternative approach that I crammed into same post should be split into two.

Of course, it is possible to have users who spam posts, but that tends to occur only in low-reputation users. The higher reputation users typically have a specific reason for doing what they do.

The way I see it is this: if a post addresses the question(on-topic), is detailed ( not low quality ) , and not spam - then let it be. It doesn't matter who posted it - the same user or several others - as long as it's useful

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    I think your second reason is spot on for the example I used :) I do agree with you that, if it is not with malicious intent then it should be OK. Good, well detailed answer :)
    – Mark Kirby
    Commented Aug 25, 2016 at 10:07
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    here's a nice example
    – Zanna Mod
    Commented Aug 25, 2016 at 15:34
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    Oh, that's nice. I originally wanted to add this one by our very dear Fabby but was in a rush to finish writing the answer Commented Aug 25, 2016 at 15:59
  • @Serg your Fabby example is the same user asking a question and answering it 5 different ways. It's like someone talking to themself or a blog split up into multiple sections each one capable of up-votes or comments. If I see more of the same person asking a question and answering it themselves I might get tempted to do it to... Commented Aug 28, 2016 at 3:31
  • Like I said, it's an occasional practice and there is nothing wrong with question being asked and answered by OP Commented Aug 28, 2016 at 7:40

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