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Re: In support of downvoting plagiarism

by Joost (Canon)
on Aug 29, 2005 at 12:43 UTC ( [id://487394]=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to In support of downvoting plagiarism

I disagree. Answering questions is not a race :-)

I think genuine SoPW answers should only be downvoted if they contain harmful advice - and then I usually prefer to reply with an explanation why it's bad advice.

There is nothing wrong with a good answer that has already been given. The wording of a reply can help clarify an already given anwer, and having multiple "identical" answers can indicate a consensus on how to solve the particular problem. I think it's a waste to downvote perfectly good answers - even if they add nothing to a thread. If anything, it's discouraging to the poster.

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