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Fastest Gun in the West Problem

I've noticed some users who reply really quickly and then make a ton of edits to their original answer. EDIT: is there anything that should be done in this situation, for example does this behavior warrant a down vote?

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marked as duplicate by waiwai933, random Oct 29 '12 at 3:38

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Maybe they read 6 simple tips to get Stack Overflow reputation fast: "Be the First to Answer. Even at the cost of quality." Disgusting... but improving upon a good submission is beneficial, I think. –  Jason Sturges Oct 29 '12 at 3:23
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Often I'll type out the entire post, but then edit it to have references to methods link to docs. The text doesn't change at all, it just becomes more useful, and finding the correct link can be time cumbersome and consuming. –  Andrew Marshall Oct 29 '12 at 3:30
    
What is the problem? That we get a fast answer, or that it is improved later? Both parts sounds good to me. –  Bo Persson Oct 29 '12 at 10:02

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Yes, it is very bad style. It even has its own name - Fastest Gun in the West.

Answers should be complete by the time you're ready to reply to them. If they're not, then who are you really helping?

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Not to be contrary, but Jon Skeet is an advocate of this technique, and is quite good at it, I might add. –  Robert Harvey Oct 29 '12 at 5:15
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There's a big difference between posting a good answer quickly and returning to make it great, which is cool; and posting something that's only marginally more useful than "qwertyuiop" as a placeholder just to claim first place, which is not cool. Simply posting fast is not a problem. –  RobM Oct 29 '12 at 13:28
    
The "qwertyuiop" posts are easily downvoted. –  Robert Harvey Oct 29 '12 at 17:46

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