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What factors should be considered to accept an answer: Time, completeness or what?

Sometimes asked a question will possibly receive more than one answers, all of them are on topic and correct. In these cases is there any law to decide which one should be the final answer? The one earliest? The one with the most upvotes? Or the one with the most detail?

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    $\begingroup$ See this previous question: What factors should be considered to accept an answer: Time, completeness or what? $\endgroup$
    – user856
    Commented Sep 20, 2012 at 2:52
  • $\begingroup$ It's helpful,thanks. $\endgroup$
    – Popopo
    Commented Sep 20, 2012 at 2:54
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    $\begingroup$ The one you like best, that helped you the most? It is, after all, up to you...(modulo correct-ness). $\endgroup$
    – user1729
    Commented Sep 20, 2012 at 11:28
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    $\begingroup$ Only you can answer this question. And then you have to answer it again. $\endgroup$
    – hjg
    Commented Sep 21, 2012 at 11:25

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How about the answer which best answers the question for you.

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    $\begingroup$ Yes, the best answer, of course, should be accepted. However, a question arose:does the best answer always exists? I think, generally, since the "superior to" relation is not necessary to be a linear order, or even a partial order. So there possibly no 'optimum answer' or even 'optimal answer'. Hence how to accept an answer in general seems a problem involves, I think, decision theory... $\endgroup$
    – Popopo
    Commented Sep 22, 2012 at 6:14
  • $\begingroup$ @Popopo isn't that a bit metaphysical, I mean that is like saying, do we really know anything. $\endgroup$
    – yiyi
    Commented Sep 22, 2012 at 13:20
  • $\begingroup$ Okay, but even this, sometimes it seems a bit difficult without a certain algorithm... $\endgroup$
    – Popopo
    Commented Sep 23, 2012 at 13:50

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