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What to do with a question answered in pieces?

One thing I've seen done in this situation -- and it may be the best option under the circumstances -- is to summarize all the answers in one master answer yourself. I would write it anew (without ...
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Non-accepted answers "better" than the accepted one - what to do?

Apparently there is nothing wrong with this: we even have a special badge, called "Populist" awarded for the answer which outscores the accepted answer by a factor of 2. The reasons of this phenomenon ...
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What to do with a question answered in pieces?

This is somewhat not-an-answer, as it is just advice/thoughts that cannot be used in this instance, since that horse has already left the barn. But it is something to consider in the future. I think ...
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Acceptance of partial answers

One should accept an answer if one is satisfied with the provided answer. In my opinion, in many practical cases, if one gets a satisfying partial answer, but for some other reasons is also interested ...
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Undo accepting the answer

Here is a comprehensive description of actions which lead to reputation change, and by how much: https://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/269653/why-did-i-gain-lose-reputation-can-i-audit-my-...
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unaccepting an answer, and then accepting own similar answer

From a general Stack Exchange platform viewpoint, this is allowed but considered bad form. A questioner can accept whatever answer they prefer, including their own. It is not wrong, per se, to ...
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unaccepting an answer, and then accepting own similar answer

IMO, The key point is to appropriately credit the person who gave the original answer in the body of the new answer, as providing the key idea and any other parts of the new answer they can claim ...
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Not accepting answers

Because this is a publicly viewed forum, in my opinion, there is no moral obligation of the original poster to do anything with the question after it is presented. (Private forums are a different ...
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How to "accept" answer

As already mentioned, this information can be found in several places: What does it mean when an answer is "accepted"? in Help Center. How does accepting an answer work? (Meta Stack Exchange) How do ...
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