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I asked a question about hierarchical data visualization and received helpful pointers from another user.

The advice given was not a complete solution, but was enough to let me research a solution by myself. I upvoted the advice when I realized its value.

I have just now posted a solution for my own question. My answer includes code examples so that another user should be able to reproduce my solution. In my answer I have given credit to the user who advised me.

In a related question, Jon Skeet says "accept the answer which actually helped you the most". The other user's answer helped me to find my solution, but I think that my solution may help someone else more quickly in future, and serve as an example.

I feel like I should accept my solution. Would this be a breach of etiquette to the user who pointed me in the right direction in the first place?

Please advise.

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You already upvoted the partial answer. That yours is better means you should accept it. Don't listen to bullies. – random Aug 22 '11 at 17:10
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Just to be clear, no-one is bullying me into making a decision one way or the other. I just want to be sure of the accepted ettiquette of such matters. – Iain Elder Aug 22 '11 at 17:17
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up vote 16 down vote accepted

What Random says:

You already upvoted the partial answer. That yours is better means you should accept it. Don't listen to bullies.

A complete accepted answer will give the best help to future users with the same question.

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If you wish to reward the poster who helped you find the solution without marking it as an answer, you can award a bounty.

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And/or add a message in your own answer that explains the situation, e.g. "This is the complete solution I used, but see John Doe's answer for how I arrived at it." – Pops Nov 24 '11 at 23:50

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