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If your answer is right, but it's late, should you delete it?

Imagine I am answering a question and someone else is faster and posts an answer first.
With the 1 new answer to the question notification I can see and read that.

Should I cancel my answer if I can't provide a better answer than the just posted one?

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marked as duplicate by random Jul 26 '12 at 2:25

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You just leave at any time, or just delete your answer if you've already posted it. It's really up to you. –  Mysticial Jul 25 '12 at 22:57
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Think of it this way: why submit an answer if you can't do better than what's already there? –  slugster Jul 26 '12 at 1:06

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up vote 10 down vote accepted

If your answer doesn't add any value, there's no harm in canceling. However, if you do provide additional insights or approaches that may be useful to the asker or others, share it!

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It doesn't necessarily have to be better, it can just be different. If you use a different approach to achieve the same effect, you're still being helpful and adding value to the question.

However, if they're fundamentally identical, it's best to either cancel the answer or improve upon it. Multiple answers with the same information can become redundant. If you'd like to verify the correctness of the other answer, give that answer an upvote rather than posting the same information.

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