I've peddled this query on Meta.SE to no avail, but wondering if maybe this site wants to give it some consideration:
On occasion I read an exemplary answer. An answer so illuminating and/or well-researched that I want to revisit it to read again and again. An answer so good it makes me want to undo my other up-votes because, by comparison, a "useful" answer is just "acceptable." An answer that would make it into Law Review were I an editor. An answer that I would like to put on a pedestal as an example for all others.
The best thing that I can do is to upvote it and award it a bounty. But bounties are used more often to attract answers than to reward exemplary answers, so even if one were to search for answers with bounties one would not be able to find the Best of Law.SE.
(Votes and views are much worse heuristics, since those are just indicators of questions that have gone "hot" on the SE network.)
I'm going to (belatedly) start building a list on my profile, but not many people are going to look at that; I'm just one person; and I'll admit that there are some answers on the main site that I just haven't read.
Any thoughts on this question, or ideas on a broader mechanism for highlighting exemplary answers?