I posted a puzzle for answerers to solve, about finding a pattern across several lists of words.
My effort to remove patterns other than the one I used to construct the lists apparently wasn't sufficient; I got two answers that found reasonable explanations other than my intended one. One of them is just a tiny bit off, but the other one, to my mind, is completely plausible.
I'm inclined to mark that plausible answer as accepted, in a desire to be fair about the challenge and avoid a "guess what I'm thinking!" situation. I also thought I should post an "official" answer outlining my intended solution.
My other option would be to continue to wait, and potentially add more data -- another patterned list -- to the question. I'm hesitant to do that, because it means invalidating these two unofficially-correct answers. That's hostile behavior on other SE sites, and it doesn't seem like a nice move here either (in fact, I've had it happen to me and I think it sucks).
(Hindsight being 20/20, of course, I probably should have added that list before I got these two answers.*)
Given that the situation is screwed up, and that it's my fault, I am looking for recommendations about how to proceed here. What's the best -- or least bad -- resolution?
*And done a better job checking for false patterns.