Sometimes, while answering questions on SO, I've noticed myself falling into a pattern that goes something like this:
- Post quick answer that cursorily addresses the problem at hand (let us assume for argument's sake it is an accurate if incomplete answer, although this is by no means always the case). Quickly delete this answer.
- Do some research/revision and come up with an example that compiles/runs; edit this in
- Undelete my answer and profit from the fact that my answer is the oldest one there
Lately I've been feeling like this is a form of gaming the system, and it should be somehow disincentivised or curtailed.
My question is whether any one else does this, or feels strongly about those that do.
My opinion is that the practice isn't really non-constructive, it just lets me hog all the rep and makes me sort of a dick.