Like the old school forums where there is a list of people currently viewing your post.

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    Let me stalk people in private TYVM.
    – Servy
    Apr 2, 2013 at 17:01
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    What would be the benefits offered by that feature? Do you have something specific in mind? Apr 2, 2013 at 17:02
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    Even Facebook and Twitter don't allow this (thankfully). Why should we? Apr 2, 2013 at 17:03
  • @AndrewBarber actually, Facebook has a feature which lets you know who's "seen" a post. It's awful.
    – Jeff
    Apr 2, 2013 at 17:04
  • I'm looking at your post. Now I'm not. Now I'm looking at it again. Whoops, now I've moved on. Apr 2, 2013 at 17:04
  • Okay for example, 15 people have 'viewed' this post. If I'm looking for someone to help me out on a problem quickly, I can know if there is someone viewing the post who may be likely to post a reply. That way I don't have to linger around the post to see if someone is about to reply. I guess having notifications/the bar that pops up that shows a new comment/reply is similar, but it would be nice Apr 2, 2013 at 17:06
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    Those 15 people could all be there to downvote you as well, which then gives you an idea of who downvoted you, which can lead to targeted revenge downvotes, which can lead to ... Apr 2, 2013 at 17:08
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    @BlahBlahGrabblesnackers ... Death! Apr 2, 2013 at 17:30
  • ... Crackers!!! Apr 2, 2013 at 19:55
  • Too bad I can only downvote once. I need about 10 to properly convey how terrible an idea I think this would be. Apr 3, 2013 at 3:29
  • @CodyGray s/10/100/
    – Doorknob
    Apr 3, 2013 at 3:31

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I would rather have some privacy.

Showing who is viewing your post could lead to:

  • OP requesting (or forcing) the viewers to answer his/her question
  • People knowing who cast the upvotes/downvotes

Browsing in private allows us to view questions without any worries. We can always make our own decision on whether or not to respond to a post, either as a comment or an answer.

As the one who posted the question, I would stick around for a while since people here usually give quick responses. There is already a view count for you to judge the likelihood of getting a response. If there aren't any responses for a while, check the notifications later on to see if there is one.

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    oh your right, newbies could start spamming for the person to reply i.e. "xxx ur watching, help me out" and stuff like that. bad idea i guess Apr 2, 2013 at 17:08
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    Not to mention I and many others often leave tabs open to questions they plan to check back later. Apr 3, 2013 at 3:30

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