This is a situation I observed some time ago, and didn't think much of it. After some time, I stumbled back to it and thought this would make an interesting discussion for would-be mods.
A hypothetical situation:
Adam and Bill are both valuable users on TeX-SE, answering questions, helping people around and whatnot. Once, Adam answers a certain question, spending some time to prepare a good minimum working example (which the submitter didn't do), with added explanations of what is going on. Bill, apparently unsatisfied with Adam's answer (which is a perfectly valid solution), takes most of the code that Adam has written, makes a few changes, and posts an answer of his own, without mentioning the code came from another person. Now, this only happens in the course of an hour, so to a casual observer after a day they both seem to be posted at basically the same time.
What happens is that Bill's answer gets a decent amount of upvotes and is accepted (in part due to the reputation delta between them), but Adam, who wrote the original MWE, got only one or two sympathy upvotes.
Now, the questions:
- Should Bill credit Adam for the code he reused?
- Is this behaviour acceptable?
- Should the answer to the above be "no", what steps the moderators should take to rectify the situation?
I understand it's going to be difficult to judge without seeing the actual question, but I ask you to state your opinion based on my (unquestionably biased) description.
It probably goes without saying that these particular Adam and Bill are fictitious, but are based on real users on the site. I implore you not to look for them -- this is not meant to be a frame-and-shame post, but to spur a discussion on the topic in general.