I answered a question in the main section by describing some of the considerations in evaluating copyright issues generally. A later answer directly addressed the actual question, rendering my more generic answer moot - and arguably incorrect, or at least unresponsive.

The Q/A I am referring to is here: Are text and images in the patent copyrighted?

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    I decided to leave the answer. It's not wrong, just not as specifically right as a later answer.
    – user96
    Sep 10, 2012 at 19:35

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You can always delete your answer unless it's been accepted, but usually you shouldn't.

Your answer may still be useful, even if it isn't the best. You should only delete your answer if you think it's just noise (for example, because it's completely wrong and no amount of editing is going to make it right short of copying another answer). If there's useful information in your answer that no one else has posted, or if you think that explaining it your way may help someone, do leave your answer.

Having multiple answers is how Stack Exchange is supposed to work. On a healthy site, the average number of answers per question is typically somewhat above 2 — note that the variance is huge, since that includes both popular questions with many answers and unanswered questions.

(Note: I'm speaking in general, I'm not saying anything one way or the other about this particular answer.)

  • Great answer. On that note: I think you should edit/update the answer if there's anything wrong with it, but a different way of approaching it or point of view should stay.
    – Suman
    Sep 20, 2012 at 20:41

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