It seems to me that there are a lot of questions that just because they use a mechanic or setting that's all the rage will essentially garner free rep for putting just about any answer, even if it was already one that was stated, and even/especially if there is an easy answer to it.
- I'm not asking for any retroactive changes on anyone's behalf.* However, it seems that the more obscure knowledge isn't rewarded as well because not as many people can confirm it.
- I'm not invalidating the answers put forward by anyone, especially if they answered before reading the other answers that are present.
However a well researched and worded answer to a question might get two or three upvotes and a 'best answer' where a on a more popular tag question (E.G. D&D 3.5) thread can easily get seven or eight upvotes merely for being present.
High Traffic Answer where the question has high upvotes for an answer that takes exactly one reference to a page and paragraph (or sidebar) of a core book and no real need for extrapolation of the answer.
Another Higher Traffic Answer where the question was something literally solved by one line of core text that was in no way hidden or debatable. I don't think that my excerpt was really worth a "Nice Answer" badge, but thank you for the nod readers.
Underrated Answer where the answer is researched and well worded, but not trafficked.
Less Trafficked Question/Answer required knowledge of the system and the world as well as cross-referencing different parts of the book. This question even had a bounty for a time and both answers are relatively ignored.
What, if anything should be done in these cases?