Recently someone asked about a Rogue sneak attacking on another's turn. I poked around, sure we'd answered it, found nothing, and answered it myself.
Later another user found the older duplicate question, flagged the newer question, and the newer question was properly closed through review.
Here's where it gets fun: the author of the accepted (and only upvoted) answer on the older question--and a diamond, to boot--mentioned that my new answer would be an improved analysis of the older question. (And what a mensch, to leave that comment.)
I see this sort of situation coming up occasionally as a quick and good answer beats the race with duplicate identification. So what's the best path forward? Some options I see:
- Leave it. All of it. Move on. The thing I dislike about this is that the duplicate question "has an answer" at all, which I think is sub-optimal.
- Delete the new question's answer, paste afresh on the old answer.
- Migrate the new answer to the old question. I think this makes best use of our voting system and collects all the answers to one question in the same place, both of which seem to be unrestricted "good"s. But I don't know if it's a thing.
- Smarter people come up with better ideas.