Fastest Gun in the West Problem
I'm sure just about everyone on this site has seen this: Someone asks a question to which there is pretty much one right answer, like "how do I set the title of my website?" or something. Often 2 or even more people post exactly the same answer. Its correct, and helpful, but still exactly the same. I don't mind when its a one sentence answer, but sometimes I've been typing an example for 4 minutes, and somebody posts exactly the same answer. I don't really care that much about being first, but I feel like I sort of wasted my time. Is there a way we could cut down on this? I'm open to suggestions. The first thing that popped into my head was something that shows how many users are viewing and answering the question. it wouldn't be hard to implement, because I am already informed if other answers are posted, I'm concerned with those about to be posted. If I see someone else is posting an answer, I can look at some other questions, come back in a bit when they're done, and if the answer was right then I just saved myself some time. this suggestion has the same idea.
This really is a nice thing about SO, you get help so fast you get the same help, but I'd like to see something done about it if possible.
Edit: I'm closing this because it's a well known issue a lot of people have. There have been a few suggestions to solve it, so if you don't like any of them but have your own - please review the other threads related to it, and then propose it.