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Questions tagged [fastest-gun]

A recognized issue on Stack Exchange sites in which the first answer posted gets the most reputation; that is, the "fastest gun in the West" wins.

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Change display order of answers in contests

We have a second contest going on. And whenever we have these sort of things I see how unfair the voting system is. Whoever posts first, or quickly gets more votes, has a huge advantage, since most ...
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Add a 5-10 minute delay before being able to answer a question

As seen here, Stack Exchange has a problem where people are answering as quick as possible and putting minimal effort into their answers. To address this problem, I propose that there should be a 5-10 ...
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Is there a “Fastest Gun in the West” issue with self-answers?

After talking with a moderator on Gaming.SE, StrixVaria, regarding a question issue I have, I'm largely curious if there is an unspoken or somewhat hidden rule of not self-answering if you are high ...
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Recognize edits that happened after the VLQ flag but during grace period as flag-validating ones

This feature request is posted as a follow-up to discussion in comments related to flagging very low quality "drafts" of fastest gun answers: edits to a post flagged as Very Low Quality will ...
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How big is the Fastest Gun in the West bias?

One of the earliest phenomena noticed in Stack Overflow's voting system is the FGITW problem: the first answer is more likely to get upvotes than subsequent answers. Even if later answers are ...
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Fastest Gun + Answering (Generally) Same Question Twice

I've encountered a situation here where the poster of that answer has not only posted rather quickly (before the OP has had a chance to clarify their question), but has also posted two answers back-to-...
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Chat vs. Q&A - How to get their Maximum Advantage?

I am very glad that I can get the fastest answers to my (simple) questions in chat rooms. However, questions and answers in the chat room are not all that easily accessible to people outside the ...
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What to do with my answers that appear duplicate? [duplicate]

This is partly in reference to Senior Members Stealing Answers and Out-voting Sometimes when posting answer on Stackoveflow I find my self posting same answer as someone else at almost exactly same ...
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Asking questions in the Answer just to get the first spot

I've seen this a few times now on StackOverflow, instead of using the comments to ask for additional information, a user will add an answer asking their questions. Then, when they get the information ...
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Can we implement a dead time on answers for high reputation user

Summary: High reputation users on SO come swooping in the second a simple question is posted, and get the first answer in before I've even opened my Python interpreter to test my idea out. This ...
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New Badge Idea: “Prestative” -> “Fissured” -> “Superhero”

Prestative(Bronze): Earned when you answer correct(accepted answer) 3 questions with a interval that is less than 120 minutes between each one. Fissured(Silver): Earned when you answer correct(...
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Answers that doesn't provide more help than existing ones [duplicate]

For example, a user asked a question. Before long, an answer comes up, attempting to answer the question. Now, i've seen a lot of times that later, after about 15, 30 minutes, other answers popped ...
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More SO users are not reading the post before replying or voting

This is definitely a tenuous question without any hard data, but I want an answer: Is the quality of the average SO user going down? A few years ago SO seemed to be both a source of good answers ...
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If more than N answers are submitted within T seconds, how can we promote obscured good answers?

A good indicator of a trivial question is that many answers are submitted in a short space of time. I suggest that we consider both the quality of the question, and the quality of answers that result....
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Disallow premature down-voting [duplicate]

Recently I've witnessed some very trigger-happy down-voting on answers that had only just been posted and were still in the process of being edited. In one case I had just posted an answer with a ...
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Why do so many people give incomplete answers then edit them? [duplicate]

This has something I've noticed since trying to help out on stackoverflow, server fault generally isn't so bad. Is this so they can be the first person to answer? There will be a question How come I ...
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Etiquette on “rush” answers [duplicate]

I've just been wondering what the etiquette or acceptable behaviour is on this - to be honest it stems from a minor irritation with seeing people do this, but here it is: I frequently see certain ...
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Questions to be answered immediately?

Is it a feature of Stack Overflow that questions must be answered the moment it was posted? I have tried answering some questions, of course took some time editing my answer to look perfect. But, by ...
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Posting a late, very detailed, answer

I know it's a bit whiny post a comment about it, but I've spent the last 1½ hours writing an alternative solution and proving that it is far better performance-wise. Now, over more than an hour has ...
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Does consecutively editing a post, inserting single lines, discourage other answers from being posted? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Fastest Gun in the West Problem Make first draft of a new answer part of the permanent revision history I noticed something odd earlier today. I drafted a long answer to a ...
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Are there ways to make use of SE more effectively? [closed]

The most upvoted answer on the Fastest Gun In The West question implies that there are many benificiary (side-)effects to having such speedy guns on Stack Exhange, as long as this does not hurt ...
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Hide votes for answers for the first few minutes? [duplicate]

I think it would be useful to hide votes on existing answers for the first X minutes of a question's life. Early answers have a higher chance of being upvoted, so if you're ten minutes late to the ...
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Motivate user to avoid posting same answer to question

I have seen this many time in Stack Overflow that question has the same answer provided by different users. I think there is no point of posting an answer which is already answered by someone else to ...
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Should I still post an answer if I see several answers have already been posted while writing an answer or making a fiddle?

It has been happening to me frequently that while I am writing an answer, I get notification that some answers have been posted already, or sometimes I don't even get notifications because of my ...
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Grace period in answer editing - different approach

I've read few question about grace period, but I didn't find approach that I was thinking of. If it's duplicate - sorry at the start. I use SO frequently last days and I found that posting an answer ...
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What is the reason for users to repeat answers?

Since 2 weeks or so I am trying to follow Stack Overflow more frequently. However, I am not an expert in an area. Therefore, I usually answer to questions that are quite easy. Those questions ...
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deleting an answer as others poured the same quickly

I am often getting into this situation where I give an answer to a question and by the time I post it, others also provide almost the same answer. Now people who answered along with me are commenting ...
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Answer sequence leads to non-fair ratings

The answers to questions comes up-down ordered by date ascending. So the first answer always goes upper than next answers. If you investigate a few dozens (or hundreds) questions, you'll find out that ...
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Lock voting answers for an hour [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Fastest Gun in the West Problem People are often fascinated about how fast are some questions answered on Stack Overflow. Stack Overflow made a very good job involving game ...
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Earning reputation when unable to answer quickly?

I normally use the mobile interface to browse Stack Overflow. It is impossible to quickly answer a question while maintaining high post quality, so I never seem to gain any reputation. How do I go ...
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Potential FGITW “fix”?

If you post an incomplete answer for FGITW, and then edit it in the intervening five minutes, adopt the last time of the five minute window as the actual timestamp. So this timestamp adjustment then ...
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Dumping a one liner as answer to get first answer? Gaming Enlightened badge? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does the Enlightened badge encourage the Fastest Gun in the West problem? Having a week off during easter, I've spent some more time on Stackoverflow, carefully working on my ...
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Fishing for easy css questions [closed]

Seems like there are about 1000 people fishing after these questions and fighting to answer. Please make your questions a little difficult to get quality answer.
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Can the fastest gun in the west phenomenon encourage addiction-prone behaviour?

I tend to do the majority of my answering of questions at one time of the day - soon after I get to work. I have a suspicion that if instead, I continuously checked Stack Overflow for new questions ...
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Why do we reward fastest answers?

I think we all know about the fastest gun problem. My question relates to something similar, but quite different - why do we seemingly reward the fastest answer with votes? If you look at some of ...
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Would a logarithmic votes display be useful?

(Skip this paragraph if you know FGITW) In the starting phase of a good question, several similar answers show up in a very short frame of time. One of them will happen to get the first upvote, and ...
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Best way to minimize captcha interruption

My internet connection is terrible, and there's not much I can do about that. When I get captcha-ed, I may loose up to minutes just waiting for the HUGE foreground image to load, and then the captcha ...
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Constantly editing answers to appear correct

I've noticed this happening quite a bit, and was wondering if it's really in the spirit of StackOverflow. Someone posts a question, which is very quickly answered by someone with what initially seems ...
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Feature for people who race to be the first to answer questions?

I think this has been discussed before, If that is true, I can't find where this has been discussed, accept my apologies for asking the same question again. I wanted to give my two cents for this. ...
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Is there any way to see edits to an answer that occurred very quickly after the answer was posted?

As I understand it, edits to an answer that occur within a very small threshold of time after the answer is first posted do not appear as edits from the question page. Perhaps I'm mistaken, in which ...
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How to improve the voting system?

I have noticed many great answers with a low vote count. Sometimes I thought the best answer was voted 0 times when the first one had 100 votes. I believe that the best answers are usually hidden at ...
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How can people answer a question that's not yet on the feed or on the Questions page?

Sometimes I see a question popping up on the Questions page (10 seconds ago it wasn't there) and when looking at that question it's already answered. Actually this question is one or two minutes old, ...
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Using a quick post to get the top then editing [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Fastest Gun in the West Problem I've noticed an interesting behavior on Stack Overflow of late. It goes like this. After a question I see several very quick and dirty ...
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Does the Enlightened badge encourage the Fastest Gun in the West problem?

The Fastest Gun in the West problem has existed on SO since day one, and the SO team has put much effort into resolving it. I wonder how much the Enlightened badge encourages the problem. You get ...
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How do Deleted Posts affect rep? [duplicate]

Say I post an answer on a recently asked question, yet a FGITW scenario means that so do about a half dozen other SO users. My answer might get a handful of upvotes, but ultimately someone else gets ...
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What is FGITW and SCITE?

I only read Meta every so often but I've seen lots of talk about SCITE and FGITW. I have no idea what these are! Can someone please define and explain these abbreviations?
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Wild Idea. Ability to claim first answer

I'm only posting this as a discussion point. Since I think it's healthy for a community to discuss things like this. Even if the idea in particular is perhaps a bad one. This is an idea for fastest ...
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“User X is writing an answer” - banner to appear when another user is writing too

Is there a way to notify me that another user is writing an answer? Some (mainly simple) questions get duplicate answers just for that reason: A user starts answering while another user has almost ...
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Reach for your six shooter, or reach for the sky?

Please forgive my lame, fastest gun in the west analogy. I am easily amused. Part of the fire hose, sequence of domestic responsibilities that is my Sunday night, I occasionally employ some extreme ...
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Don't show the answers for the question in the first 2 minutes

To remove the problem of fastest typer getting more rep points out of a question, how about locking the answers for the first 2 minutes i.e. anybody can post an answer but it will not appear in the ...