Hypothetical scenario:

Person A writes a review for a question. He writes a improvement X. Person B also writes a review for the question, after person A does. Person B has something to add to improvement X and uses (for example) the new function from the improvement that person A wrote.

My scenario:

This question was answered by Ethan Bierlein. I wrote an answer for it too, but I used a function that Ethan wrote in his answer in my answer.

Is this sort of thing okay, or should I have left a comment to Ethan's answer as something he could add to his post?

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    \$\begingroup\$ I think this happens a lot. Just saying. \$\endgroup\$ Jul 3, 2015 at 18:55

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This is acceptable and happens quite regularly. To be honest, I'm always glad when it happens.

Take a look at the following answers for example. Here, @glampert (person A) posts an answer in which he mentions multiple good points. In one of the next answers, here, @Edward takes one of those points and elaborates it further. Both answers are very valuable.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I'm sure there have been meta questions about this topic before, I just can't find them. \$\endgroup\$
    – Mast Mod
    Jul 3, 2015 at 18:59

It's perfectly ok to post answer that contains a point from another answer, with some improvements added, if you give credit to the user you're borrowing from.

It can be as explicit as:

... as @abc mentioned in his answer...

Or as subtle as:

... in addition to using a Map instead of a List (thanks @abc!)...


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