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You normally answer a question and you have the opportunity to answer again. The second time, a message is shown suggesting the use of the edit tool, but I think it's kind of wrong. I mean, if you answer something and then you want to say anything else you know that you must use edit.

Why not disable the answer button if you already have an answer?

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    Because you may have another answer that resolves the problem in a completely different way.
    – Josh Mein
    Apr 3, 2013 at 13:42
  • But what happen if you just say that you have two ways to answer the question? It's too hard? Apr 3, 2013 at 13:43
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    @Castiblanco then people can't vote separately on each suggestion, which they might want to do.
    – Pekka
    Apr 3, 2013 at 13:44
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    Josh, Pekka: Wouldn't such question be non-constructive?
    – user138231
    Apr 3, 2013 at 13:44
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    @Chichiray Consider someone wanting to read all the data from an xml file and process it in C#. There are many different options on how to handle that task.
    – Josh Mein
    Apr 3, 2013 at 13:46
  • That depends on the question - some questions have a lot of sub questions, which may be answered in different ways (and at different times) Apr 3, 2013 at 13:46
  • @Josh: Wouldn't such question be overly broad? But yes, I see what you're getting at. I've always just covered all options in 1 answer. This has always worked quite good so far.
    – user138231
    Apr 3, 2013 at 13:48
  • @Chichiray: In theory and first glance, yes. But "specific programming problems" can often be solved in multiple ways. That's different to asking questions which encourage multiple answers (polls etc.). Apr 3, 2013 at 13:48
  • @Chichiray Normally I would too but depending on the scenario I could see how it could be useful to differentiate between which one the community recommends via the number of upvotes.
    – Josh Mein
    Apr 3, 2013 at 13:49

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No, people should be able to post multiple answers if they actually have different suggestions. This way the different suggestions can be voted on separately.

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    +1 I see what you did there.
    – Kermit
    Apr 3, 2013 at 13:46
  • Please note that it makes sense on meta discussions, not on constructive questions :)
    – user138231
    Apr 3, 2013 at 13:46
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    Argh, the 60 seconds rate limit for additional answers is annoying.
    – yannis
    Apr 3, 2013 at 13:46
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    Ooooh, so it's to get double the reputation... Apr 3, 2013 at 13:46
  • Can't vote up your answer because of rep shortage. But epic!
    – user217724
    Apr 3, 2013 at 13:47
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    @Chichiray Not only Meta discussions, sometimes it makes sense on the main site as well. It's rare but it happens (Code Golf.SE is a good example where multiple answers from the same author are common).
    – yannis
    Apr 3, 2013 at 13:47
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    @hims056 I've done this before? Crap, I guess you can't expect new tricks from an old dog ;)
    – yannis
    Apr 3, 2013 at 13:49
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    @BlahBlahGrabblesnackers It's certainly a good way to get double the rep (assuming the answers are good, otherwise you'll probably end up losing double the rep). That said, I'm quite the failed rep whore, I posted both answers after I had hit the rep cap for the day.
    – yannis
    Apr 3, 2013 at 14:06
  • @LittleBobbyTables If your answers are bad, you lose double the reputation.
    – endolith
    Feb 6, 2016 at 20:01

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