It's a bit irritating to see someone basically take the information from all the existing answers to a question and combine them into a new answer with pictures and nice formatting.

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    Can you site some specific examples?
    – Tester101
    Sep 10 '12 at 19:10
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    Seems to be working as designed in that case. If the Answer: The Next Generation is better than the others, and more helpful for readers, let it get the votes. The point of the questions and answers is to help folks, not bicker over upvotes. Sep 11 '12 at 18:45

Creative Commons Licensing

Because all content on all StackExchange sites is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike license, all content can be shared and/or remixed as long as proper attribution is given. This means users are well within their rights to alter, transform, or build upon your work.

What about edits?

While some users may choose to edit existing answers, there is no reason a better formatted answer that combines multiple answers should not be allowed.

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    this isn't properly attributed :P
    – wax eagle
    Sep 12 '12 at 17:00
  • @waxeagle My lawyer says I've made enough changes to not warrant attribution.
    – Tester101
    Sep 12 '12 at 17:02

All Stack Exchange content is licensed under the CC-By-SA content license.

That means that, provided that attribution is given, it's perfectly legal and acceptable for someone to take other answers and make them better, or "prettify and restate" them.

While editing is often the preferable case, there is no reason that a better formatted answer, or an answer that synthesizes multiple answers should be prohibited.

The problem case with answer restatements is when the restatement is of lower quality than the original answer.

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