Yesterday the question Maximum/Minimum of all subarrays/ Windows of size k (Must Read the Accepted Answer, New Method) was asked. It turned out to be a duplicate of Finding maximum for every window of size k in an array. I'm a new Stack Overflow user, so I didn't know that and answered it with an entirely new algorithm that isn't on Stack Overflow. I now realize that question has been repeated two other times. My method is better than the others, but I didn't get much rep for the answer since it's on a duplicate. Can I repeat this answer on the other posts so it gets more attention?

  • but i think i didn't get quite rep for that answer like i should. Heh. Of course you would think that, it is your answer, after all ;)
    – Oded
    Jun 22, 2013 at 8:54
  • the method i described was too easy to code..you are a programmer. you can judge yourself sir :)
    – S J
    Jun 22, 2013 at 8:56

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If the answer brings something different to the duplicate, that is, it is a better answer than the existing ones, by all means post it on the duplicate.

However, make sure you are answering the duplicate question - having a question marked as a duplicate doesn't always mean that it is exactly the same. You still need to make sure the answer is a good one for the duplicate.

This does not mean you should look for all duplicates and post your answer unchanged - the existing answers, what your answer brings to a question and whether it is an appropriate answer for it should all be taken into consideration when deciding whether to post it on a different question.


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