- Currently 9 upvotes on Q, 26 upvotes on A (mine), 230 views in 4 hours
Has just been closed for being a duplicate of this question:
- Currently 3 upvotes on Q, 14 upvotes on A, 210 views in 3 months
Yes, there is some overlap in both questions, but there's also a very specific need in the closed question that I've since addressed. Despite being specific, it's also useful to everyone. Now the question and answer, which apparently people appreciate (from votes and views numbers), is in danger of deletion.
Not only do I think it's unfair to me and OP, but I also think it won't actually serve the community to delete the latter question. Just the numbers alone should indicate that this is the better question (and yes, those numbers do mean something, or else we wouldn't have reps and badges for them). Even being subjective, one can compare both answers and questions and easily see which one is more useful to the community.
I'm also almost certain that the "original" question can't be the original either. There has to be an earlier question on the same subject, probably in [c++], but hey, maybe that's close enough to be considered "exact duplicate"?
I'd like to think that SO strives to serve the community, and I'd like to think that I'm doing my best to do so, and I hate to see my efforts, appreciated by some in the community, nullified by a select few.
OK guys, my answer has just been merged with the old question (which gave me a Necromancer, which I appreciate), but since the questions were a bit different, now the stuff I said about Horner's Scheme doesn't make sense in the old question. Should I:
- Remove this useful but now irrelevant information, or should I
- Edit the old question to sound more like the new question so my answer makes sense?