Sometimes questions will get two answers that are more or less the same solution to the problem posed, but perhaps worded differently or with equivalent, but superficially different, calculations.
I think that these cases are problematic because they:
- Add noise to the question and to the site.
- Potentially confuses the asker. I.e. the asker may wonder "what's the difference between these two answers"? The inevitable answer is "nothing. Both users just really wanted the points."
So how do we handle situations like this? Downvoting comes to mind, but it doesn't seem appropriate to downvote if the answer is indeed correct (and this could potentially lead to even more confusion for the asker). Should it be flagged? Should we leave a comment indicating that the second answer is the same as the first? Or is it best to just do nothing entirely, and refrain from upvoting and downvoting entirely?
Just wondering if there's a generally agreed upon practice for handling this situation.