I have often wondered what would happen in this situation. This happened to me just moments ago - I had just researched several resources and got an answer together, and as about to post, when I was just beaten at the post (literally by less than a minute). Now, this is not necessarily a bad thing at all - I am sure it happens often.
The answers and the question are here.
I noticed that the answers were quite similar, including one common reference. So, I deleted my answer, the reasons are:
- There is always a potential for people to start accusing the 2nd poster (in this case, me) of 'copy-catting' the first answer (which I think is very good in this case) - this has happened to me before on a site I no longer belong to - despite the timestamps etc.
- The first answer now makes mine redundant.
What is the a policy on Cognitive Sciences site about similar answers within a short timeframe?