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I thought it might be beneficial to collect some examples of questions when an answerer goes "beyond the call of duty" to deliver an excellent answer. I mean answers that are not only excellent, but where the answerer delivers a much better answer than anyone would expect for that question.

For example, consider this answer in my question about the difference between __str__ and __repr__ in Python. Note that the answer was added a long time after the activity on the question seemed to have stopped and it answered many questions that I didn't ask, but I wanted to know the answer to nonetheless.

So, any other examples?

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Downvote drive-by, baby. :( – Mark C Apr 14 '10 at 11:32
Looks like it should have been good for a Necromancer badge, anyway. Silver badges are worth having for most people. – David Thornley Apr 14 '10 at 13:48
I should mention that I ignore any downvotes I receive without comments – Casebash Apr 15 '10 at 22:38
up vote 12 down vote accepted

If you really want to reward the guy, unaccept his answer, start a bounty for 500 rep, then accept his answer.

At least, I think that might work. It'd cost you 500 rep, though.

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Nice idea! It will cost him only 500 rep, though. The 50 are chipped in by the system. – Pëkka Apr 14 '10 at 13:51
this is valid, and we support this, but be advised that you must wait 24 hours after starting a bounty before accepting. – Jeff Atwood Apr 14 '10 at 22:07
550 - lolz, that'd be half my rep. I added a 100 point bounty though – Casebash Apr 14 '10 at 23:10

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