Fastest Gun in the West Problem
I've noticed in many different questions we can consider as "simple" (i.e. whose answer is known to the majority of the subscribers of a given tag), that it looks more like a race to be the first to write an answer down, even if incomplete.
Here is a pattern I've noticed:
- Person posts a "simple" question.
- Two or three minimalistic answers pop in.
- The first one to vote gets upvoted.
- All posts gradually get updated with more information about the question.
In most cases for these questions, the first one to post wins the most votes, even if the initial answer was just a one-liner.
I find it lacking as it forces people to focus on speed over content.
One idea would be to "freeze" for a few minutes the edit function for new posts. Like this, people would have to write a complete answer if they don't want to get downvoted or see someone else with a better answer in this freeze period upvoted.
Just some thoughts, but I think that would be cool!