Unlike other (Q&A) sites in the Stack Exchange network, CGCC has a consensus that duplicate answers are acceptable. For some code golf challenges there is one obvious shortest solution in a particular language, so it's unsurprising that different users might independently arrive at the same answer. By default we assume that everyone acts in good faith.
The action prompts in the Late Answers queue contradict this consensus:
- An answer Looks OK if it 'is unique'.
- A reason to Recommend deletion is that an answer 'is a duplicate'.
In practice, reviewers familiar with our stance towards duplicate answers disregard the prompts. Others may well be led astray. I don't know whether acceptable answers are often actually deleted as a result, but I do know from comments on duplicate answers that awareness of our policy isn't universal, even among experienced users. (Some time ago I was myself directed to the linked post after leaving such a comment.)
Do we have control over the late answer prompts on CGCC or are they set network wide? If we can change them, shouldn't we remove the references to unique/duplicate answers?