What is the etiquette on blender.stackexchange for answers on the same question saying essentially the same thing?
We don't see that getting several answers to a question as a problem. Even if the answers are saying essentially the same thing, using different words - this means that there is a better chance of people understanding at least one of the answers.
The way I see it, this is lame reputation stealing.
How so? People can upvote as many answers on a question as they want - you are not limited to upvoting on one answer.
This suggests that duplicate answers are okay. But.
What if the second answer explains it differently, but in a less clear/detailed way? Should it still be kept around?
There have been cases where multiple users write almost the exact same answer within a couple of seconds of each other. If the answers are really similar, should the second be deleted?
I've noticed that for the most part users have deleted their duplicate answers, or they were deleted by the community. However, on SO this kind of duplication seems more commonplace.
Could this be why our answer ratio is doing so poorly?
On the other hand, if duplicate answers are a bad thing, is it good to have redundant and potentially lower quality answers lying around for the sake of a statistic?
Here are some examples (you'll need to have enough rep to view deleted posts):
It's a bit hard to find example answers, as most are deleted..