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I recently gave two different answers to a cw question (because it was basically asking for a list of independent items, of which I happened to provide two).

I feel that it adds no value to have the two answers grouped in the user stats page, for the following reasons:

  • It adds unnecessary complexity to the answer list.
  • The answer list is a handy collection of links to my answers, and this policy suddenly hides one of them.
  • Answer scores are most useful when seen individually. If one of my answers has a score of +8 and the other has -2, I want to see that -2 to check if I can improve anything. I won't see that if I see a +6.

I suggest to display answers in separate rows, something like:

  • 8 Question Title (answer #1)
  • -2 Question Title (answer #2)

Update: There is a workaround that lets you see these data "decoupled". It is a search for your posts.

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This feature request seems to be status-completed. However I am not a moderator so I cannot put it in such state. –  Daniel Daranas Dec 19 '11 at 9:50

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I don't know if I agree with this; multiple answers to the same question are still one logical whole -- in that they are all answers to the very same question.

Giving people special "props" for one answer versus another on the same question means they'll be incentivized to compete with their own answers and one-up themselves.

We really would prefer that people edit their answers and provide only one good-better-best answer to a question, except in exceptional circumstances.

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You are basically saying (based also on meta.stackexchange.com/questions/25209/…) that the two answers I gave shouldn't be there in the first place, because the question shouldn't even exist - it's a poll. This seems to be an edge situation in SO for which there is not a definitive answer, since these questions actually exist and people are clearly interested in them (that particular question has a score of +55 and has been viewed 2,102 times in one day, and my two answers have +13 and +11 respectively). –  Daniel Daranas Feb 12 '10 at 9:22
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@daniel it's fine for there to be edge conditions, but it is not fine for us to encourage these edge conditions. –  Jeff Atwood Feb 12 '10 at 9:35

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