I've noticed a trend in how I answer questions lately, and I don't like that it bothers me, but I think I'm going to post this and see if anyone else feels the same way.
When I'm answering a question, if I see the "1 new answer has been posted" banner come up, I feel defeated. I will occasionally stop answering and leave that question, because I feel it's some bizarre race against time, and I don't like feeling that type of pressure when I'm trying to answer a question. I usually do this in my spare time, I found it to be a relaxing activity before that new answer banner came along.
I know this might sound silly, but I've been surprised to find that it really bothers me. I'd be surprised if it doesn't bother anyone else.
Can we consider making it configurable on the Prefs panel?
After reading the answers I've gotten so far, I see the value in the feature. I still feel a bit bothered by it, but I feel less... against it. It'd be nice if it could be configurable, but I can also see that possibly detracting from the SO experience.