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I answered a question second. I think the first answer is wrong - it will not misguide the OP, but it won't help either. Is it bad form to downvote said answer?

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I'd leave a comment in such case. I only downvote competing answer if it is clearly wrong, or does not solve even a part of the OP's problem. –  nhahtdh Apr 5 '13 at 2:35
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You are free to downvote what ever you want. Though if the answer is good don't downvote. If you think it's wrong... downvote it. It's not a competing answer it's a wrong answer. –  Hugo Dozois Apr 5 '13 at 2:37

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If it's wrong, or doesn't answer the question that was asked, or is misleading enough to cause trouble, or gives dangerous advice (at least without explaining how it's dangerous), downvote.

Whether or not you should downvote an answer shouldn't be affected by whether or not you have posted (or intend to post) your own answer.

Don't systematically downvote all "competing" answers! (Most usually will not deserve a downvote. Some will be good--those you should upvote!) And please don't downvote a good answer just because you don't think it's as good as your answer (or as someone else's answer). But don't let the fact that you've answered a question discourage you from downvoting another answer that merits downvoting.

Remember, proper voting--both proper upvoting and proper downvoting--are good things that contribute to the site. Please do them.

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