As no doubt most of us have experienced, we sometimes start answering a question that receives a lot of attention, and many of us start preparing their answers simultaneously, at almost exactly the same time. Some questions might thus receive nearly identical answers from different members, posted only a few minutes apart of each other, sometimes not even that much. This is an obvious waste of human resources, as only one such nearly identical answer is really needed at most times that I've observed this happening, and other members that posted similar or same answers might (I know I did a few times) feel like they could have spent their time more productively by answering some other question instead, if there only was a way to know (or have better insight) into how much attention the question is already receiving.
I've also seen the answers (goes the same for questions, but that's not relevant here) are stored as drafts before posting. I'm not sure how frequent this draft saving is, but it looks frequent enough to me that it could possibly serve as some sort of an indicator, how many people are writing their answer to a question at any given time, maybe even the list of these members, so we can decide if the question might be properly answered or, if it might not be (that's argumentative, but some might like this list as well).
I think you can anticipate my question/request by now, but let me summarize it, in case you felt my description was unclear or TL;DR:
- ability to see active participants list in a question by collating information of the number of answer drafts saved in the last few minutes (developers need to decide what's the best time-out period to aggregate these results)
- ability to inspect active participants' (currently adding an answer to the question) reputation and badges to help us determine, if the question is already receiving enough attention, and if we could move on to answering some other questions.
I hope I described my request clearly enough, but if you need further clarification, don't hesitate to ask in the comments. Thanks!