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Several times I've gone to edit an answer that needed improvement, only to find afterward that the author or another community member was already in the process of editing it. It would be nice to see who, if anyone, is currently editing a post, as some reassurance that my edits will be helpful or that needed edits are taking place.

Has this been considered? Are there any significant barriers to implementing it?

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There's already several things that happen in the case of concurrent edits. It seems that the inline editor doesn't do the heartbeat necessary to generate the topbar notification though. I could see that being bydesign, but I'm not sure. – Tim Stone Sep 18 '11 at 0:33
@TimStone Good catch; no, that's not by design. The heartbeat code was never updated to handle inline editing. That needs some fixin'. – balpha Sep 18 '11 at 9:54
@TimStone: Should work now. – balpha Oct 11 '11 at 19:04

Ever since we refactored the editor and allowed inline-editing the old edit heartbeat has been disabled.

I just re-enabled it with an extra helpful link.

edit heartbeat

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How do you measure thoroughness. Character count? – random Sep 26 '11 at 3:03
@random:… – Jon Purdy Sep 26 '11 at 3:10
@waffles thank you for adding in the link to the message. That will be very helpful. – Sathya Sep 26 '11 at 6:50
@Sathya one thing I noticed is that the grace period can mess stuff up a bit notification wise, but overcoming that is a huge PITA – waffles Sep 26 '11 at 6:53

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