I've noticed a user on Aviation SE that regularly responds to questions with a response and then continuously edits his response to include the gist of later answers that other users have posted in the same post. He often does this multiple times.

It ain't the end of the world but just curious whether this is acceptable / encouraged behavior or iffy?

I do find it annoying because it's in one way trying to leech off other users' answers. OTOH I'm wondering if Stack Exchange Philosophy encourages this kind of thing to make single posts more self-sufficient and independently standing?

I guess at least from an empirical / utilitarian viewpoint this sort of strategy seems to work because from what I can see this user has a ton of points......

• Related? – fooot Dec 7 '15 at 16:35
• @fooot Yes, related in more than one way. :) But one small point is this: I think I'm OK if a user edits his answer to clarify a point made in another answer that contradicts his own answer. The sort of editing I find iffy is mostly unrelated edits to sort of incorporate other peoples distinct explanations, much different from your answer, into your own. It seems like this is often a strategy to gain points, nothing more. – curious_cat Dec 7 '15 at 16:41
• I remember reading in the SO help or meta (don't remember which) that this is actually encouraged so that you have the "one best answer possible". They even said something along the lines of "one easy way to get reputation is to combine all of the existing answers on a question, taking the best of each to create an even better answer that is useful to future visitors". – Lnafziger Dec 7 '15 at 18:31
• @Lnafziger OK. Thanks. This is exactly what I wanted to know. And I guess I was afraid of. i.e. What sounds to me like an iffy practice is actually not frowned upon in the guidelines and , in fact, encouraged. – curious_cat Dec 7 '15 at 18:38
• @Lnafziger I found a few similar comments on meta.SE, apparently it's been mentioned a couple of times in the podcasts – Pondlife Dec 7 '15 at 18:47

• why not? because the fake internet points below the username will bias the reader in trusting the information provided, possibly removing a healthy amount of skepticism that would otherwise prompt other useful questions (for example). – Federico Dec 7 '15 at 19:04