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Which answer do I accept if I have multiple correct answers?

Hi. There is a discussion here between TOndrej and David Heffernan about who should get the points.

I cannot use SHL (shift left) with int64 variables

For me both answers were good. It looks like there is now way to make both participants happy.

I accepted the answer provided by TOndrej but David Heffernan does not really agree with it. there is a way to mark both answers as 'accepted' - for me it will be totally ok. Can a moderator mark both answers as accepted? If not, how should get the points?

  • The accepted answer is supposed to represent the one that was most helpful to you. Don't let David or anyone else try to bully you into accepting their answer instead of a different one. (That being said, of course, David's suggestions are usually top-notch. I highly recommend following his advice.) May 17, 2011 at 9:16

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There's no such thing as "splitting points" (indeed, there's no way to award points on a question unless you've offered a Bounty, and they can't be split either, I believe) on stackoverflow. What you can do though is:

  1. Up-vote each answer that helped you.
  2. Mark as "Accepted" the answer that helped you the most. That's what an accepted answer is.

Also, there's no way for a moderator to "share" the accepted answer out between two, or more, answers.

  • That's the problem. Both answers were good (equal).
    – IceCold
    May 16, 2011 at 17:54
  • @Altar, in that case, if they both were truly equal, up-vote them both, write an answer yourself (crediting the two answers you've based it on) that contains the summation of the two answers and accept that.
    – Rob
    May 16, 2011 at 21:38

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