The voting period has ended. Thanks for everyone taking part, and congratulations to cnread, Draconis, brianpck, and Tom Cotton!
What were the best answers of the second quarter (July–December) of 2017? Nominate your favorites and vote on other people's suggestions! To nominate an answer, simply post it an answer to this question with a link and brief description of the answer. You can nominate as many answers as you want.
The nominated answers must have been originally posted in one of these six months. To get you started, here is a search for all answers from this period with positive score. The answer doesn't have to be accepted, and it doesn't matter if it has already received a bounty.
Everyone is invited to nominate and vote!
After about three weeks (February 3, but I make no promise about the exact time), the three nominations with the highest scores on this meta post will be declared the winners.
The three winning answers will be rewarded with bounties of 100 reputation points each, from the personal reputation stashes of the moderators.
(If the scores are tied, we will reward at least
two three1 answers and give out at least 300 reputation in some way.)
Of course, anyone with 75 or more reputation is free to reward any answer they like at any time. Consider this contest also as an opportunity to highlight some hidden gems that received few votes but are excellent in quality.
Previous similar events: Best of 2016, Best of first quarter of 2017, Best of second quarter of 2017. Based on an earlier chat discussion, we will probably continue these events annually, not quarterly.
1 I made a copy-and-paste error and wrote "two" instead of "three". We will reward at least three answers, no matter what.