Let me see the original question while answering.

Long version:

This is my pattern:

  • Click on "answer"
  • Open the original question in a new tab by clicking on "Return to original question" ( now gone )
  • Switch back and forward to see if I'm missing something.

It is important to me to look several times at the question. I don't want to write a good answer and get downvoted only because the OP said:


and I typed:


and have comments and downvotes saying "He said Foo not Bar" and deviate the attention from the answer to the small mistakes I may have committed ( enough is to take care of the spelling already )

I would like to have ( honestly, I don't really have a clue of "how" ) a view of the original question while answering.

It was already a hassle having to switch between tabs, but now the link is gone, a just a couple of click harder now I have to:

  • click back
  • dismiss whatever I might have written
  • open the "answer" in a new tab
  • and made a lot of mistakes because the question is now at my left and not at my right where it was.


Having this view, will allow me ( us ) to give better answers, and to use the system in a more "humane" way.

Related: what-happened-to-the-return-to-answer-link

  • Though I also would like that link back, I wonder where you need to Click on "answer" ? I miss that link while editing existing answers or question, but to answer, I just start typing on the bottom of the page? (See workarounds at the related question you mentioned.) – Arjan Dec 9 '09 at 18:48
  • see: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/1189/… – fretje Dec 26 '09 at 18:05

Yes, please do that. If, as stated in the related question, the idea is to prevent quoting, then have the original question appear in a non copyable portion of the page.

I tend to think that if quoting is as much a temptation as Joel says, we would see that much amount of quoting already, regardless of how the site works now. And I don't see questions quoted, at all!

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    The quoting thing doesn't make any sense. I fail to see what might be bad about quoting and I certainly don't see much quoting on any of the trilogy sites. – innaM Oct 31 '09 at 9:42

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