My answer

OPs answer (now 10k only)
OPs Revisions

All the OP did was copy my answer as their own. How is that right?

What can I do?

And now the OP accepted an answer which did not even help them!

And now a mod declined my flag:

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  • That's not right. But I would say "move on". The OP might gather some downvotes and you perhaps some upvotes by bringing it to our attention. Not much more that can be done I think.
    – Bart
    Commented Dec 30, 2011 at 14:02
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    @Bart The OP downvoted all the answers (i know this because look at my comment to the accepted answer) then when The OP accepted the answer, he/she reversed their vote
    – Naftali
    Commented Dec 30, 2011 at 14:03
  • Well, if the behavior it truly eratic and unacceptable, just flag the question for moderator attention and explain the issue. (Or perhaps a Mod will pick it up here). And if he shows strange voting behavior, perhaps the system will catch and correct it anyway (although I'm not sure about this particular instance).
    – Bart
    Commented Dec 30, 2011 at 14:06
  • @Bart I have flagged it.
    – Naftali
    Commented Dec 30, 2011 at 14:07
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    @Bart my flag was declined....
    – Naftali
    Commented Dec 30, 2011 at 14:08
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    You merely flagged it "not an answer"? You gave no further explanation?
    – Bart
    Commented Dec 30, 2011 at 14:11
  • @Bart well now im going to reflag and link this meta question...
    – Naftali
    Commented Dec 30, 2011 at 14:12
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    @Bart lol the OP deleted their answer.
    – Naftali
    Commented Dec 30, 2011 at 14:12
  • Are you mad because he copied the approach from your answer, or because he did so without attribution?
    – mario
    Commented Dec 30, 2011 at 14:16
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    per my past experience, not-an-answer flag sucks in all but simplest cases -- and your is simple but not simple enough, really. For those willing to avoid playing russian roulette with their flag weight I'd rather recommend flagging as "other" with more detailed explanation what was wrong. Guy who advised that to me got 50 rep bounty and as time passes I feel more and more that I underpaid him :)
    – gnat
    Commented Dec 30, 2011 at 14:18
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    @mario not if it is the exact same thing!
    – Naftali
    Commented Dec 30, 2011 at 14:21
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    @BilltheLizard :'( I shall survive, but that is kind of annoying....
    – Naftali
    Commented Dec 30, 2011 at 14:31
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    I'm sorry about the declined flag. That looked like a reasonable answer, so your "not an answer" flag should have been "other" with a bit of explanation. Since the code the OP posted as an answer was exactly the same as yours originally, he should have just upvoted/accepted your answer instead of leaving a redundant answer. The redundant answer should have been deleted, and now is. Commented Dec 30, 2011 at 14:33
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    @amanaPlanaCAnalPAnaMA If it's something that we're conditioned to automatically recognize as not an answer ("thanks" or "I have the same problem...") then "not an answer" is pretty safe. With anything else you are better off breaking it down for us. Commented Dec 30, 2011 at 14:41
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I think that answer can just be down-voted as it is not useful at all. The OP claims his answer is different, but the code does the same thing as the code shown in yours.

As that answer has a negative score, 20k users can vote to delete it. I am not sure that flagging it for moderator's attention would have any effect; that answer can be taken care from the community.

If the OP keeps doing that, he shows he doesn't understand how Stack Exchange sites work. I am not sure of the reason of pretending the two answers are different. Maybe the OP thinks that who ask the question gain reputation in accepting their own answer; if that is the case, it shows the OP doesn't understand well how Stack Exchange works.

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