Maybe I'm just not smart enough to judge the answers to the most recent question I asked, but it seems to me that both answers are correct, unique, and not mutually exclusive.

I don't want to be one of those horrible people with a low accept rate, but I also feel bad accepting one answer over the other (and accidentally implying than the unaccepted answer is wrong). If forced to choose, I think I know which one I'd accept, but I can't even really articulate why.

I'm sure I'm not the only person who this happens to. I see a similar issue when two people both half-answer a question where neither answer is the complete solution.

Which answer do I accept?

  • Upvote one, accept another. ;)
    – its_me
    May 11, 2012 at 5:47

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Few simple suggestions I roughly stick with:

  1. Upvote answers that were useful (separately from considering which one accept).
  2. If you have several complete answers (using different approaches or something) accept the one that helped you with your specific issue, comment that it is not necessarily the answer for others.
  3. If no answers are complete and or helped you - don't accept any. You can comment, suggesting to move answers towards completion, offer a bounty or post your own answer if you have solution by that time.
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    I suspect that part of the issue here is that the WPSE community isn't especially willing to edit existing answers to add content to them (edits/clarifications? yes; but adding to the substance of the answer? Not so much, in my experience.) So, rather than edit a partial answer to add the completing content, someone will simply post a complimentary answer. This is probably an opportunity for us to improve how we as a community provide answers to questions. May 11, 2012 at 14:09
  • Very good advice. I'll keep in mind the editing answers part too, @chip. That makes sense to me.
    – mrwweb
    May 11, 2012 at 15:07

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