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How do multiple Answers in a post get Accepted?

Asked by Matt J on 20 Dec 2012

What situations allow multiple Answers in a thread (less than a week old) to get Accept-clicked, as seems to have occurred here:


Randy Souza on 20 Dec 2012

I'm going to set Matt's answer as the accepted one, because: (1) it was posted earlier (by two whole minutes), (2) according to the database it was accepted earlier, and (3) because the answer code is the same.

However, Kye keeps the 4 reputation points earned for an accepted answer.

Kye Taylor on 20 Dec 2012

We should both get the points for our rep, and extra points for finding the bug!

Matt J on 20 Dec 2012

@Kye - if you convert your comment to an Answer, I'll upvote it and you will get extra points! You can do the same for me by upvoting the question ;)

Matt J


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3 Answers

Answer by Matt J on 4 Jan 2013
Accepted answer

Just closing this.


Matt J
Answer by Kye Taylor on 20 Dec 2012

Hahaha thanks @Matt J...

Extra +1 to us for stumbling on the bug!


Kye Taylor
Answer by Image Analyst on 20 Dec 2012

I wonder is Randy is experimenting with the ability to "Unanswer" a question and mark the better one as the "Answer" - something a lot of people have been asking for for a long time, though I suspect he tries this stuff out first on a sandbox, non-production copy of the database rather than the production one.


Randy Souza on 20 Dec 2012

No, we're still considering the accept-a-different-answer use case, but haven't started on the random experimentation yet :-)

Image Analyst on 21 Apr 2013

It looks like multiple answers can now be done. Have you added that capability? For example I saw it in this posting. Though only one of the "Answerers" is listed on the main topic view.

Image Analyst

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