Will Stack Overflow ever implement a feature that allows users to see if someone is actively answering their question? I feel like this feature would help make the site feel more active and give users a reason to wait for an answer longer if they see someone is in the middle of composing a long response.

Quora has this feature, and when I see someone is in the middle of answering my question I tend to stay on the site longer to wait for their response.

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    This is a dupe of something, I just know it.
    – Undo
    Jul 22, 2013 at 17:36
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    Everything is a dupe. Everything!
    – J. Steen
    Jul 22, 2013 at 17:36
  • Couldn't find it- send me a link and I'll delete the question. Jul 22, 2013 at 17:37
  • meta.stackexchange.com/questions/91487/… Wasn't tagged with feature request. Classic. Jul 22, 2013 at 17:39
  • @hub - that's because it's not requesting anything. It's a support question...
    – Lix
    Jul 22, 2013 at 17:41
  • Yeah I know, I meant "classic" as in that's why I didn't find it. Jul 22, 2013 at 17:43
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    I can see the next feature request coming: "a user has been answering this question for 8 hours already, surely you can tell he fell asleep!" Jul 22, 2013 at 17:45
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    [Typing an answer...]
    – user102937
    Jul 22, 2013 at 17:57
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    You can use the notification system to keep track of responses to your question. This would be more efficient then say staring at a "[typing an answer...]" message for 6-8 minutes. Jul 22, 2013 at 18:05
  • I don't think users would stare at it. I'm not trying to seem like a huge Quora fan/groupie but it's nice when, after you post a question, to see 2-3 "User [X] is composing an answer..." Jul 22, 2013 at 21:10

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Things happen very quickly on Stack Overflow anyway. If your question is well-written, complete, on-topic and of interest to other programmers, expect an answer within 5 to 30 minutes after your question is posted.

You should stick around for the first 5 to 10 minutes anyway, while your question is still on the front page, to respond to requests for clarification from the community.


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