# Should one person have multiple answers?

This question came up in regards to my comment on this post.

If somebody has two different approaches for reviewing a piece of code, should they combine them into one answer, or have separate answers?

I would say that you should make n posts for n solutions. One solution might be better than another, then everyone has a chance to upvote that specific answer.

• I agree with Zolomon. I think it's better for the asker to see a range of different approaches to solve a problem. – David Weiser Jan 19 '11 at 21:54
• What happens when OP takes your suggestions? Does he modify his post and everyone goes along with new suggestions? Is it time for a new question (with very similar code)? Does he leave the post unchanged, so people can offer small variations of the same ideas over and over? – TryPyPy Jan 19 '11 at 23:24
• Soltions? It's code review, it's suggestions for improvements, often. I usually have many separate suggestions... should I split these up in separate answers? I'd end up with 3-4 answers on each post. Sure, might give me points, but... Nyah. – Lennart Regebro Feb 1 '11 at 14:11
• @LennartRegebro: If you have a chain of solutions that are related I would go with one long answer. But if you are providing solutions from different perspectives (unless you're comparing the two), I'd go with the N-N-suggestion. IMHO. – Zolomon Feb 1 '11 at 17:05
• But this is code review. It's not solutions to problems, that's SO. I typically have several completely unrelated improvements. No related chains, no different perspectives. That's what the question is about as far as I can tell. – Lennart Regebro Feb 2 '11 at 0:00
• @LennartRegebro: I see your point.. I've seen different approaches on how to go about the code review. Some do iterations in their questions. Some leave it be. If there's an interation - then I see both pros and cons with having multiple answers, one per iteration, or one huge post with a iterated suggestions included. I think we need more input on this (at least I do.) – Zolomon Feb 2 '11 at 12:30

Only if the suggestions are mutually exclusive.

Here is a more recent way to look at things (Not saying that the ones from 2 years ago are wrong)