I was looking at the following question: Color Spray vs. Small Earth Elementals, and found myself wondering about merging one answer into the other. In of themselves, I think they are both valid: diego's is succinct but only a single sentence, while Mourdos's contains plenty of useful links, but could maybe use some editing. Otherwise they contain very similar information, which is the crux here.
Now my question is not specific to this question, but ideally I think combining the answers would yield a slightly better quality answer; putting the snappy explanation at the top and the cleaned up links and explanation below for those who want some more info. I don't want to add a third answer that just contains more of the same identical information, so I thought editing one into the other (with attribution if too verbatim) might be a a good route. It feels a bit unfair and underhanded though, especially in this case where choosing which answer gets the improvement would be largely arbitrary.
Which way would be the best to proceed?
- Edit one into the other
- Suck it up and make a new answer that is almost identical to the two already there
- Just clean them up and upvote the both of them
I'm leaning toward 3 since most people will probably read several answers regardless of how good the first one is but I'm wondering if there is already a widely accepted method of dealing with these situations where the answers are factually identical.