Is there a preferred method for answering single-word requests or phrase request answers if you have two or more recommended words/phrases?
There are a few possibilities I can think of:
Multiple answers - Answer once with each word/phrase option.
- This keeps it neater and allows the OP to pick their exact favorite word/phrase.
- If you have a good thesaurus (and the question is really generic), you could be listing answers all day.
One answer, multiple options - Leave only one answer but include all options.
- This shows the OP a digest of options and keeps the number of answers down.
- Doesn't allow for specific acceptance of answer.
One answer, one option - Pick your favorite option and don't mention the others.
- Keeps the focus on what you think is the best answer.
- It's possible no one else will think of those other options but it does give other people the chance to answer.
If I only had two or maybe three different words/phrases, I'd be more likely to use option one but I'm afraid it looks like you're rep-scavenging. I do like that it gives people the option to refer to the answer specifically with the votes.
I tend to go with option two because it's easier but I champion one answer over everything else and mention the other options in passing. I particularly use this for when someone is looking for a word that has 10-20 good options in the thesaurus, and I'll sometimes post a screen-shot of the thesaurus options just to show that there are a bunch.
I don't really think option three is very useful to the person asking the question because of the second bullet point... if no one else thought of it, then the OP (and subsequent viewers) would never see that option.
So, I want to know if there's a preferred method to answer these questions. I know that questions should always be split if there's more than one question, so is the same true for answers with more than one answer?