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When I submit a comment or vote on a comment, then want to immediately comment or vote again, I get a(n annoying) message that I have to wait 5 or 30 seconds. Couldn't you just set a timer on the server that wakes up in 5, 10, or 15 seconds and completes the request I just sent instead of making me resubmit the request after waiting. You'd may (or may not) need to use the AsyncController to do this. Couple this with a modal dialog on the client that dismisses when my request has been completed and you've accomplished the same purpose without me having to submit things twice. I think it would be a much better user experience.

Update: To prevent gaming the system, you'd want to keep track of pending requests and flush any new requests of the same type while a request is currently pending. A user simply using the system, i.e., waiting on the modal dialog to dismiss, won't notice this behavior, but a user who submits, then refreshes to gain the ability to submit again more quickly would be blocked.

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Then comment spamming could be sent to flood the server request queue. Instead of halting on the "client" side.

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+1. The "annoying" behaviour is surely by design to control exessive human behaviour. –  AnthonyWJones Aug 29 '09 at 13:20
So flush new requests if there is already one in the pipe. That would curb abusive behavior, but still work better for people simply using the system and wanting to comment/vote in quick succession. I much prefer waiting over having to do something twice, especially if I have to wait anyway. –  tvanfosson Aug 29 '09 at 13:52
A queue seems too complex to me. It would be unexpected behaviour if the comment didn't post right away, and even worse if I tried to post 3 comments and the 2nd one got lost along the way. –  Ian Elliott Aug 29 '09 at 14:11
Would be a really interesting Greasemonkey project that would see that you got the comment flag, and then hold the comment for X seconds, and then submit it automatically at the end. You would just have to put a little timer somewhere showing how long till your comments are submitted. –  Tyler Carter Aug 29 '09 at 15:23

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