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What answer to accept?

This questions the intensions of SO. What if someone comes up with a great, insightful answer for your question and you select it as the best answer, and then someone builds upon that a little bit. The second answer is the "best" answer, but the hard work was done by prior poster. Should one select the most complete answer or the one of which had the most work into it?

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marked as duplicate by random, Marc Gravell Jan 30 '10 at 6:25

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Your question is splintered. Just choose the best one that solves your problem. –  random Jan 30 '10 at 5:28
    
    
Upvote them both, leave comments if necessary, but still accept the "best" one. –  Ether Jan 30 '10 at 17:13

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One should select the best answer.

If a user just copy&pasted the old one and added little (but in your opinion important) content you could incorporate it in the old accepted answer if you have enough rep, or ask a mod to do it otherwise. In this case you could also ask a mod to delete the other answer, which becomes redundant.

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We're unlikely to delete an answer on that basis, but your other suggestions are good ones. –  Bill the Lizard Jan 30 '10 at 5:39
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@Bill: ok, stroke that part out –  Andreas Bonini Jan 30 '10 at 5:53

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