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When answering, could we be informed that “the following people are already answering this question”?

I was thinking - we already have dynamically added message saying "view 1 more answer to this question" and auto-loading of new comments... but what I'm missing is an option to see if somebody already started to answer this question other than me

what often happens is that I answer the question 10-20 seconds after someone else already posted their answer

if I saw that someone is already answering, I could've moved to the next question or wait for the person to finish and see if I can give a better answer :-)

  • Ive seen a dupe of this--too lazy to search on the mobile site :P Commented Apr 6, 2012 at 10:49
  • @Manishearth: Just hitting close was enough, was the first suggestion. ;P Commented Apr 6, 2012 at 10:57
  • @Bobby 'Me.meta.SO.rep<3k` so I can't do that...yet :/ Commented Apr 6, 2012 at 11:07
  • @Manishearth: Oh, I thought the flagging dialog would also have that functionality, my bad. Commented Apr 6, 2012 at 11:10

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Well actually when I write my answer on a new question I take it for granted that other people are answering it too. I write an answer because I feel I have something to say and I don't feel it's an enormous waste of time if another person write the same thing I wrote.

In short, if you have a good answer, give it and don't worry about others.

  • good point of view, I'll try to adapt it and possibly accept this answer then :-) Commented Apr 6, 2012 at 10:48
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    +1 - No reason in me answering too...this explains why we don't do this, we easily could...but intentionally don't. There's a long-delay version when you're editing, but that's it. Commented Apr 6, 2012 at 10:53

In fact, knowing that someone already started answering could invoke a Oh!!-No!-somebodys-already-there- :( feeling. So ignorance is bliss :) Start answering. And if One new Answer pop up appears, then check it with your answer and if yours has even 2% extra to add, go ahead!

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