I was given an ethical quandary the other day regarding a review. I wonder if the SE network can or should put in a filter to prevent something like this happening. I believe the circumstances can apply to any SE site.
The sequence of events was:
- I posted an answer to a question. It contained three paragraphs which gave the answer and some justification and references.
- Someone gave my answer an upvote (not an acceptance).
- Another user posted an answer which was a one-liner which repeated the core of my answer but not any of the justification. I did not immediately notice this.
- I noticed the Very Low Quality review queue contained an entry and I started to review it. It was the other user's one line answer.
This is my quandary. Should I:
- Recommend deletion. Be thought of as rejecting a competing answer to my own in spite.
- Edit the post to improve it. This would make it more like my own earlier post and would look as though I'd tried to answer twice.
- Click 'Looks good' and let it through - although it was low quality.
After mulling the options, I clicked 'skip' to wimp out and let someone else make the decision.
Is it possible and/or desirable for there to be a filter such that VLQ reviews are not offered to people who already have a post on the question?