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I have an answer on SO that isn't exactly wrong. There are 3 methods for doing something. A works, but isn't what it was meant for. B is really what they should do. C works, but is probably overly complex for their application.

My answer has A and C, and some comments discussing them. The information isn't really 100% wrong, but it's not exactly right, either.

I don't mind losing a couple points to downvotes if it should be kept there for potential reference.

But I don't mind deleting it either if that's how the site is supposed to work.

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How about editing your answer to add more details on solution B, and state why A and C aren't exactly what should be used? – Laf Feb 1 '12 at 18:34
Someone else put in B. – Almo Feb 1 '12 at 19:19
It sounds like you're afraid of stomping on the guy that provided B. In my opinion, completeness is more important than yielding to the first-to-respond. Edit your answer to include B, make a note referencing B guy's answer, and give him an upvote. You have a better quality answer, B guy still gets some credit, and future readers get a more complete picture of the possible solutions. – Justin ᚅᚔᚈᚄᚒᚔ Feb 1 '12 at 19:28
up vote 7 down vote accepted

If you already know that B is the most correct option then edit it in and make sure to highlight option A and C as alternatives of B.

If you know drawbacks to A and C then don't forget to add them as well.

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Makes sense; thanks folks! – Almo Feb 1 '12 at 19:21

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