This has bugged me for a while, but this question demonstrates the problem nicely.
The question is okay but I observe that the three answers are all 20+ lines long, and all mention similar things.
It feels like we're not leveraging the upvote mechanism for answers, and I wonder if it would be better for that question to have one item per answer, and let the votes say what's most important.
So if the answers were
- A mini-pump
- A floor pump
- spare tube
- a boulder
- Water and food
- helmet and visibility clothes
Then I'd expect the bad answers to get downvotes, and the good answers to appear near the top..
Otherwise its a bunch of very similar answers and try to glean the common items in most or all, while looking out for the gems mentioned only once and avoiding any lemons.
Thoughts? Or have I just described a community wiki ?