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You normally answer a question and you have the opportunity to answer again. The second time, a message is shown suggesting the use of the edit tool, but I think it's kind of wrong. I mean, if you answer something and then you want to say anything else you know that you must use edit

Why not disable the answer button if you already have an answer?

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marked as duplicate by Frédéric Hamidi, Shadow Wizard, LittleBobbyTables, Time Traveling Bobby, hims056 Apr 3 '13 at 13:48

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Because you may have another answer that resolves the problem in a completely different way. –  Josh Mein Apr 3 '13 at 13:42
    
But what happen if you just say that you have two ways to answer the question? It's too hard? –  Castiblanco Apr 3 '13 at 13:43
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@Castiblanco then people can't vote separately on each suggestion, which they might want to do. –  Pëkka Apr 3 '13 at 13:44
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Josh, Pekka: Wouldn't such question be non-constructive? –  BalusC Apr 3 '13 at 13:44
    
@Chichiray Consider someone wanting to read all the data from an xml file and process it in C#. There are many different options on how to handle that task. –  Josh Mein Apr 3 '13 at 13:46
    
That depends on the question - some questions have a lot of sub questions, which may be answered in different ways (and at different times) –  acutesoftware Apr 3 '13 at 13:46
    
@Josh: Wouldn't such question be overly broad? But yes, I see what you're getting at. I've always just covered all options in 1 answer. This has always worked quite good so far. –  BalusC Apr 3 '13 at 13:48
    
@Chichiray: In theory and first glance, yes. But "specific programming problems" can often be solved in multiple ways. That's different to asking questions which encourage multiple answers (polls etc.). –  Time Traveling Bobby Apr 3 '13 at 13:48
    
@Chichiray Normally I would too but depending on the scenario I could see how it could be useful to differentiate between which one the community recommends via the number of upvotes. –  Josh Mein Apr 3 '13 at 13:49
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No, people should be able to post multiple answers if they actually have different suggestions. This way the different suggestions can be voted on separately.

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+1 I see what you did there. –  Kermit Apr 3 '13 at 13:46
    
Please note that it makes sense on meta discussions, not on constructive questions :) –  BalusC Apr 3 '13 at 13:46
    
Argh, the 60 seconds rate limit for additional answers is annoying. –  Yannis Apr 3 '13 at 13:46
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Ooooh, so it's to get double the reputation... –  LittleBobbyTables Apr 3 '13 at 13:46
    
Can't vote up your answer because of rep shortage. But epic! –  user217724 Apr 3 '13 at 13:47
    
@Chichiray Not only Meta discussions, sometimes it makes sense on the main site as well. It's rare but it happens (Code Golf.SE is a good example where multiple answers from the same author are common). –  Yannis Apr 3 '13 at 13:47
    
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@hims056 I've done this before? Crap, I guess you can't expect new tricks from an old dog ;) –  Yannis Apr 3 '13 at 13:49
    
@BlahBlahGrabblesnackers It's certainly a good way to get double the rep (assuming the answers are good, otherwise you'll probably end up losing double the rep). That said, I'm quite the failed rep whore, I posted both answers after I had hit the rep cap for the day. –  Yannis Apr 3 '13 at 14:06
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Yes, this make sense, people shouldn't be able to post multiple answers. Instead they should post one answer that covers all their different suggestions.

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So you say we should not be able to post more than one answer anymore? What will happen to such things? –  Shadow Wizard Apr 3 '13 at 13:46
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