Often when I edit one of my answers, it's because I want to better address the original question. The only problem is that I can't see the original question while I'm editing my answer!

I'd love to see the original question text beneath the "answer edit" form. This way I could scroll down slightly to read it if I wanted to, or just ignore it if not.

Current workaround is to click the 'return to answer' link and hope that you remember to launch it in a new tab/window, then tab back and forth.

  • Most important feature request on MSO if you ask me!
    – TM.
    Commented Oct 1, 2009 at 16:57
  • See also a workaround using Ctrl-clicking your browser's Back button in "What happened to the “Return to answer” link?" at meta.stackexchange.com/questions/27229/… -- which I've read doesn't work in Internet Explorer though.
    – Arjan
    Commented Dec 26, 2009 at 22:58

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This bugs me too!

Alternatively, clicking "edit" could load the edit form right there on the page. This would help in some cases where you want to copy/paste something from a comment or from another answer.

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    Upvote for the alternate idea- that's really how I think it should work. Commented Jun 30, 2009 at 16:00

How about above the edit form?

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    Yes, above would be more useful, leave below for a preview of how the answer will look.
    – donnacha
    Commented Sep 4, 2009 at 2:44

For firefox users

Greasemonkey script to show Question when editing Answers.

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    I actually use it, and find it quite helpful. Except for the bug where it doesn't load the WMD editor tools and the preview.
    – jjnguy
    Commented Aug 20, 2009 at 13:05

This would be great. Every time I edit an answer I have to open the question in another tab. I would prefer it above the form though.


What's the status on this?

Now that even the return to answer link is removed, isn't this all the more relevant?

  • It looks like it's been implemented.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Commented Jan 3, 2010 at 23:46

Having 2 versions of the same question on a page would just make the page confusing tbh - I think that I prefer to see the original answer in a separate page myself anyway.

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