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has it been discussed, or do you think it would be a neat feature, if we could see how many people (or who) are viewing a question at the time you load the page? (Similar to a chat room)

Currently we can see a sum(views), but what about how many users are actively on this page as of the time you loaded the page.

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I can't think of any reasons I'd want/need to, but I am open to suggestions as to why it's a useful thing. – Chris Gerken Sep 12 '12 at 20:59
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[D]o you think it would be a neat feature[?]

Sorry, no. At least not the who part.

Voting is supposed to be anonymous. If you can see who's viewing a question right now, it won't be hard to deduce which vote is from whom.

The number of users currently viewing a question isn't interesting in my opinion. What means viewing? I can open the tab, leave it open and go for coffee. Am I viewing all the time, only the first five minutes or something else? In any way, the number won't display any relevant information.

A real-time update for the view count could prevent energic refreshing though.

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Very good points....may I ask the reason for the [D] in your response :) – d-_-b Sep 12 '12 at 20:54
I'm being pedantic. You used a lowercase D, so the uppercase D doesn't form part of the quote. – Dennis Sep 12 '12 at 20:55
Ahhhh I've always wondered why people did that...thanks! You can even learn grammar on SO haha – d-_-b Sep 12 '12 at 20:55
Is it good or bad that I'm upvoting your pedantic grammar comment? I'm still not sure. – ben is uǝq backwards Sep 12 '12 at 20:56

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