When you answer a question and see other answers there have they influenced what you write in your answer?
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Well, I pretty much already know what I'm going to say once I've read the question and thought about it for a second (or however long is needed), but I do skim through the other answers before actually posting it. I don't want to pointlessly repeat the same thing many people have already said, so if my response is practically identical to something someone else has said, I'll just add a +1 and move on. Other times I see a point that someone's made which I'd like to expand upon, or a new thought will occur to me after reading someone else's answer. The goal is to add to the discussion.
I'm not going to say anything that disagrees with my own sense, even if everyone else is saying it, but I'd say other peoples' answers do have some influence over how I respond. Not in the sense that I'd write something similar, but I'm just able to answer the question more effectively and usefully after having a general idea of what people have said. That way I don't read all of the responses after posting and realize there's actually a few other things I wanted to mention that haven't been said, and now I have to use comments to add to my answer.1