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Question closed while composing an answer

I understand why this happened, but as a user, it's a frustrating experience. A question was open when I started answering it. I spent about 20 minutes on my answer and went to submit it, only to find out that the question was closed as a duplicate and I couldn't submit my answer. The only notification was that new answers had been posted.

It would be nice if I could still post my answer if the question was open when I started, even if it's closed by the time I'm done. Having one more answer on a closed question isn't exactly going to hurt the site. At the very least, a 'Question Closed' notification bar should appear, similar to the one that appears when new answers are posted.

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marked as duplicate by Michael Mrozek, kiamlaluno, Adam Lear Jan 15 '12 at 0:58

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

This has happened to me too; it sucked. I wish that starting an answer would place some sort of "hold" on a question to prevent the questioner from deleting it for as long as someone else is working on an answer for them. – sarnold Jan 15 '12 at 1:47
I won't argue this too strongly, but this was a feature request, so IMO it's not an exact duplicate as the linked question. – VirtuosiMedia Jan 15 '12 at 1:52

That bar about closed question is being showed every time you send an ajax request to save the draft. In case this happens, you still can post that answer to the question that was marked as master question (in the duplicate one you were answering in)

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Maybe I just missed it, but I'm almost 100% positive that I didn't see a notification bar indicating that it had been closed. If you're talking about a the gray bar in the question text itself, I didn't scroll up because I had a longer answer and so I missed it. It would be nice to have more visibility or to automatically post the answer to the master question with an explanation of what happened. – VirtuosiMedia Jan 15 '12 at 0:14
@VirtuosiMedia: no, I mean that classic orange bar at the very top (fixed). – Martin. Jan 15 '12 at 0:17

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