# What you do when valuable info is spread equally in more than one answer? [duplicate]

What is the established criterion for accepting answer, when valuable information is equally spread in multiple answers?

I'm having difficult time weighting objectively which answer to accept, as in many instances there are multiple equally good answers.

Is it the one with highest vote considered the best to be accepted?

Based on the above, wouldn't be better if there was an option for collaborative answer, with possibility to merge multiple complementary answers into one that covers completely the question subject matter?

• @Simon André Forsberg The last part and first tag differentiate it from the listed links containing possible duplicate. The first part is more concentrated around specific condition multiple complementary answers which puts in context the second part collaborative answers and merging. Maybe I should remove the "P.S." to articulate it better. – Ziezi May 4 '15 at 11:37

Merging answers is not appropriate, as other users may want to vote on each answer in a different way than you.

• I see, about the merging, I guess that this can be done after sufficient time period after acceptance and when the question is no longer "hot" . My thought is more in the direction of merging all complementary answers into one complete, so that information converges into fewer sources, making it thereby more complete and accessible , and possibly converting/migrating it to wiki. – Ziezi May 4 '15 at 8:44
• Questions never really die, though. Old posts still get drive-by votes via search engine traffic. Also, all it takes is a simple edit to bring it back to the front page. – 200_success May 4 '15 at 8:47
• I'm not aware of any statistics on how many answers or edits are added to specific question after, let's say, a year, however, I get you, posts are viewed and up-voted all the time making them virtually a never ending projects. – Ziezi May 4 '15 at 8:54

Here are two related Meta links:

How does accepting an answer work?

## Which answer should I choose?

• The bottom line is that you should accept the answer that you found to be the most helpful to you, personally.