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Can Stack Overflow implement AJAX refreshing for questions and answers (the way it works on Gmail, or similar to Slashdot's 'New Stories' feature)?

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whew, I'm glad that I was able to edit this. I tried to edit it on SO before the move was made, but it was migrated a second before I could hit 'enter'. –  George Stocker Sep 25 '09 at 16:18
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Technically, you do get a "new answer posted" message if you are on the question and a new answer is submitted. –  Troggy Sep 25 '09 at 16:25

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It wouldn't work while you were answering a question - as the text box would potentially move out from under your cursor while you were typing. Not a good thing.

While answering you get the notification of new answers at the top and have the option of reloading the page - I think that's enough.

There might be a benefit to extending this to occur while just reading answers, but again I wouldn't want it to happen automatically.

I can't see any use for it on the questions page though.

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Cool factor? I agree with you, but an endless stream of questions showing appearing and flashing through your eyes in all its AJAXy glory would be... cool. –  perbert Sep 25 '09 at 16:41
    
I'm not endorsing gold plating only for being cool. –  perbert Sep 25 '09 at 16:41
    
I'd love to see the alert on a question page regardless of whether or not you're answering. Chances are that if you're looking at the page you'd like to know if there's a new answer and you need to refresh. –  GraemeF Oct 29 '09 at 17:00

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