One same user's multiple answer existing at same time in same question? What is happened?

Is such things as one normal program logical for StackExchange site?
Is some help documentation for this thing?

Answer A in same question by same user
Answer B in same question by same user


4 Answers 4


Yeah, that was me, and this is a good question. Bob linked to what is probably the canonical discussion in a comment. Notice that there are links to other similar questions in a comment there.

This is one of those areas where opinion is split. The original intention of the site founders was that it is preferable for each answerer to post a single, comprehensive answer containing all of their solutions, along with an explanation of when each solution is the best one. However, the community seems to lean in the direction that it is permissible, sometimes even preferable, to post separate answers in cases where the answers are radically different and self-contained. Another consideration would be if each answer is long, and combining them into one extremely long post would discourage readership.

I normally combine multiple answers. Occasionally, I post radically different solutions as separate answers. I think in some cases, it is actually easier for the reader to follow different self-contained answers that stand on their own.

That also better supports the site concept that the best solutions rise to the top through voting, which is intended to provide guidance to readers who don't know the answer. Consider a case where someone posts an answer containing a great solution and additional not-so-great solutions, or many clever but niche solutions. The post can collect upvotes based on the great solution, or different people finding different component solutions helpful. But that doesn't help a reader know which solution is what voters think is great.

On your question, I posted multiple answers for a different reason -- they're actually answers to different questions. Ideally, the question should be made crystal clear and then only direct answers to that question should be posted. In this case, there are actually two different problems that readers may associate with the question.

I misinterpreted the question stumbling over grammar errors, which I cleaned up. So now it might be less likely for other readers to land there by mistake with a different problem than yours. I left the first answer because the two problems are easy to describe in similar ways, and it seems likely that other readers may land there by mistake.

I'm open to comments here about whether the first answer should simply be deleted, or whether it might be helpful to leave it just in case.


In this instance fixer1234 accidentally misunderstood the question and posted a new, better answer after further research.

I may have misinterpreted the question in the previous answer. I'll leave it in place in case it's helpful to others landing here.


It's perfectly 'valid' to provide two answers to the same question, though you might wonder why someone would do this.

  • Is some help documentation for this thing?
    – illiterate
    Commented Nov 2, 2018 at 12:05

All Stack Exchange sites are about questions and answers, not about users. If a user can write multiple different answers for a question (no duplicates, no low quality answers, that answer the question and conform with other rules), all of the answers are valid.

  • The edit is just a serving suggestion, feel free to roll it back or change it if you disagree. I think you're on target with the first sentence and the gist of the answer. This likely got push-back because of the exaggeration used to make the point. If there are too many good answers, it probably means the question was bad. :-)
    – fixer1234
    Commented Nov 15, 2018 at 23:59

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