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Why Isn’t There a Way to Consolidate Answers?

Don't know if this has been asked already, but what about allowing to users to merge their answers.

I often see the following: User A gives a good answer, and User B, gives a good answer. The two together, make the accepted solution. So maybe a mechanism to combine the two.

With this suggestion, I make no recommendation how this might work, because I can't think of a good way :-P Maybe allowing the person who posted the question to accept two answers might be better, splitting the credit between the two people.

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marked as duplicate by Ladybug Killer, Troggy, Jeff Atwood Oct 21 '09 at 22:39

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I sort of like this idea, but I also can't think of how to implement this properly if it was to be. –  Troggy Oct 21 '09 at 18:34

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The OP can edit one of the two and append the other into that... I've done it in the past

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Similar things have been requested in the past (being able to accept multiple answers is the more common suggestion, i think). The big problem becomes, how do you divvy up the credit? For all its wiki-like features, SO leans heavily on individual contribution and associated rewards (rep, badges).

That said, it's easily accomplished manually - either by editing one answer to include the other (as Juan Manuel suggests), or posting a new answer combining the two existing answers.

See also: Why Isn’t There a Way to Consolidate Answers?

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