Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 158 Stack Exchange communities.

What is meta?
Here's how it works:
  1. Any Stack Exchange user can ask a question
  2. The community provides support, votes on ideas, and reports bugs
  3. Your voice helps shape the way Stack Exchange operates

Possible Duplicate:
When answering, could we be informed that “the following people are already answering this question”?

I was thinking - we already have dynamically added message saying "view 1 more answer to this question" and auto-loading of new comments... but what I'm missing is an option to see if somebody already started to answer this question other than me

what often happens is that I answer the question 10-20 seconds after someone else already posted their answer

if I saw that someone is already answering, I could've moved to the next question or wait for the person to finish and see if I can give a better answer :-)

share|improve this question

marked as duplicate by Time Traveling Bobby, Nick Craver Apr 6 '12 at 11:00

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.

Ive seen a dupe of this--too lazy to search on the mobile site :P – Manishearth Apr 6 '12 at 10:49
@Manishearth: Just hitting close was enough, was the first suggestion. ;P – Time Traveling Bobby Apr 6 '12 at 10:57
@Bobby 'Me.meta.SO.rep<3k` so I can't do that...yet :/ – Manishearth Apr 6 '12 at 11:07
@Manishearth: Oh, I thought the flagging dialog would also have that functionality, my bad. – Time Traveling Bobby Apr 6 '12 at 11:10
up vote 8 down vote accepted

Well actually when I write my answer on a new question I take it for granted that other people are answering it too. I write an answer because I feel I have something to say and I don't feel it's an enormous waste of time if another person write the same thing I wrote.

In short, if you have a good answer, give it and don't worry about others.

share|improve this answer
good point of view, I'll try to adapt it and possibly accept this answer then :-) – Zathrus Writer Apr 6 '12 at 10:48
+1 - No reason in me answering too...this explains why we don't do this, we easily could...but intentionally don't. There's a long-delay version when you're editing, but that's it. – Nick Craver Apr 6 '12 at 10:53

In fact, knowing that someone already started answering could invoke a Oh!!-No!-somebodys-already-there- :( feeling. So ignorance is bliss :) Start answering. And if One new Answer pop up appears, then check it with your answer and if yours has even 2% extra to add, go ahead!

share|improve this answer

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .