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I offered the accepted answer to another person's question here:

How to change the color of my navigation?

But another person answered it better than I did and offered more detail.

I think it would be nice if I could somehow point out (within the system) that I think someone else answered it better. Maybe I could keep some of the reputation bonus and the person with the better answer keeps the rest (maybe 3/7 split, in favor of the better answer, or maybe a separate Humbly-Accepts-Defeat score :P ).

Would be really nice if it were presented to visitors to the site that I 'passed the buck' to the better answer.

Please note, I am NOT talking about overriding the accepted answer.

To know that someone is credible enough to give away rep points in favor of selecting the better answer seems useful to me.

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up vote 8 down vote accepted

It seems like an unnecessarily complicated addition to the rep system to me:

If you feel the other user got slighted, you have several methods of recourse:

  1. Comment that you think they have the better answer.
  2. Offer a +50 bounty for the better answer.
  3. Upvote their answer (which gives them a full 10 rep)

In the case of the third option, you can tell the good users who do this frequently by their "Sportsmanship" badges.

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EDIT:

Best that can be done is:

Write a comment on your answer, or edit your answer. Upvote the answer that you like best.

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I did not ask the question I referenced. I'm saying if I answer a question and my answer is accepted, but I think that someone else did a better job, I should have a way as the original accepted answerer to let the system know that someone else did better. –  Mythril Aug 30 '12 at 2:42
    
you'll have to let the other person know via comment, but in the end, is up to them. it's their question. –  tehdoommarine Aug 30 '12 at 2:44
    
I'm not saying override their Acceptance of the answer, I'm saying indicate that as the person who wrote the accepted answer, I think someone else did better. –  Mythril Aug 30 '12 at 2:45
    
still think the best way is via comment or editing your answer –  tehdoommarine Aug 30 '12 at 2:50
    
Could you possibly re-read the question? I think you've misunderstood what the OP is getting at here. –  jadarnel27 Aug 30 '12 at 3:04

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