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I'm pretty new to SO (48 days into it) and I enjoy reading/contributing quite a bit. I ran into one issue today that I found frustrating...

I posted an answer to a simple question today. At (almost) exactly the same time, another, incorrect answer was posted. Much to my surprise, the incorrect answer began receiving up-votes! I quickly (and respectfully) pointed out to the poster that their answer was incorrect. Forty minutes later, they edited their response, copied my answer and began receiving more up-votes.


Is this a generally accepted practice? If not, Is this a "flag worthy" issue?


I understand that this is not a huge issue. I'm just attempting to learn proper SO etiquette. Personally, I would have deleted the incorrect post after that period of time, instead of editing it.


Link, as requested: Google maps, hello world problem

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This has been discussed before, although I don't have a good link handy. The general consensus seems to be "We empathize; it totally sucks that someone stole 'your' rep. Ultimately, the important thing is that the right info is out there. Be the better person and just find a new question to answer." – Pops Jul 6 '11 at 20:02
Related: to this – M. Tibbits Jul 6 '11 at 20:15
possible duplicate of An elegant solution for "answer-stealing" edits? – Lance Roberts Jul 6 '11 at 22:19
So what happened? The linked-to question got removed completely. So maybe we should now close this Q as duplicate (see link reference provided by M.Tibbits in an earlier comment). – cfi Jul 2 '12 at 8:06
up vote 8 down vote accepted

It happens, unfortunately. I don't think it's "flag-worthy", but it's very certainly rude on the part of the person who does that to you. It's happened to me before, and they certainly get a downvote from me for etiquette breach, even when the answer is right. My best advice is to walk away and let it be; otherwise, there almost certainly will be a flamewar in comments, which is never pretty.

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+1 Post in question has a bit of flamewar in comments... – M. Tibbits Jul 6 '11 at 20:20

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