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What is the etiquette to follow when

  • there are two or more valid solutions to a question
  • when a solution is derived from two or more posted solutions

To whom should I award the "answer"?

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up vote 4 down vote accepted

If they both provided a useful answer, then you can upvote both of them, that is how you can provide some reward to both.

Pick one based on what you liked the best to accept, then you can add a comments to each making it clear why you chose the one you did, but that you liked the alternate as well for whatever reason. As other people find your question they may upvote both answers based on your comments endorsing the answers.

The 15 rep from the accepted answer on a single question really doesn't make that much difference. A good comment thanking the person who provided the answer in some ways can be even more rewarding.

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That makes sense..Thanks all for the info! – zam6ak Dec 17 '10 at 19:40

To whoever you want. To the first one posted, to the most funny one, toss a coin, etc.

The decision is yours and there are no particular guidelines in this case.

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Ok...I guess I was hoping these was a way to reward more than one person if they answered question (not the same answer multiple times, but different solution that also works)... – zam6ak Dec 17 '10 at 18:01
@zam - you can vote up as many answers as you want in addition to accepting one – Brad Mace Dec 17 '10 at 18:40
@bemace good point! - thanks for reminding me about that option – zam6ak Dec 17 '10 at 19:40

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