Prompted by these multiple answers ( 1 & 2 ) on the same question.

We had a brief conversation in chat and we agreed that having a site-wide consensus would be appropriate.

Is it appropriate for a user to post multiple answers to a question? When yes? When no?

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    $\begingroup$ Just to clarify: they were rather distinct (IMHO) and dealing with two approaches. Any comments would therefore have been dealing with only half the question... $\endgroup$ – Thunderstrike May 28 '15 at 10:04
  • $\begingroup$ meta.stackexchange.com/questions/25209/… $\endgroup$ – casey May 28 '15 at 14:06
  • $\begingroup$ @casey if you read the chat discussion you'll see that I have already expressed my view on that discussion and said why I think it does not apply here. $\endgroup$ – Federico May 28 '15 at 14:09

I've drafted up an example.

Question: Is traveling on first class safer?

Scenario 1:

  • Answer 1: Yes, because...
  • Answer 2: Somewhat, because...

Scenario 2:

  • Answer 1: Yes, because reason 1
  • Answer 2: Yes, because reason 2

If you have different opinions of a single subject, you can write them in two answers. But if you have multiple reasons supporting the same opinion/concept, there should be a single answer.

For the situation which triggered this question, MikeFoxtrot's conclusion is the same but discussed in two different aspects. I agree with Federico that it should be (and now is) in a single answer.


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