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Many times I've run into questions on SO that have a wrong answer accepted.

(Example: What's the difference between “LIKE” and “=” in SQL? (Note: The accepted answer has been edited to include the caveat mentioned in another answer.))

After trying to convince others, you realize that the person who asked the question got an answer they deemed correct and stopped looking after that. Even if there is a correct answer, it gets buried somewhere deep in the list, because nobody bothers to look at questions with an accepted answer.

Should I, as a high-rep user, use his powers to fix this? How would I go about this? Edit the original question? Edit the answer that got accepted to make it right?

Or just let it be? Internet is a jungle anyway.

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up vote 10 down vote accepted

I think you should use your powers for editing and correct the small error in the accepted answer and make it correct.

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If the answer is basically ok and wrong only by a small oversight then correct it.

If it is plain wrong, downvote it and upvote the correct answer, or provide a correct answer yourself. You can also add a comment to point out what's wrong with the answer.

I don't think it is ok to substantially change the meaning of a post attributed to somebody else.

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I think you should maybe use your powers for more useful things, like constructing post titles that make sense.

The accepted answer isn't all that wrong, IMO, and crucially he says at the bottom

in this case, you still want to use the equals

The comments seem sufficiently adequate at pointing out the limitations of the answer, but I would not go so far as to call it "wrong".

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@Jeff -- are you saying we shouldn't edit to make it correct? That seems inconsistent with the wiki aspect of the site. –  tvanfosson Oct 2 '09 at 10:45
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it is insufficiently 'wrong' for my tastes, but others may disagree. Edit away! –  Jeff Atwood Oct 2 '09 at 10:57
    
Who turned Atwood's "snarky" switch on? –  user27414 Oct 2 '09 at 13:04
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Generally, I wouldn't edit an answer at all for anything but minor errors. I would make an exception in the case of an accepted answer that is clearly incorrect. I think we have an obligation to future users to make sure that the accepted answer is, at least, not incorrect. –  tvanfosson Oct 2 '09 at 13:25
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