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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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Fastest Gun in the West Problem

I feel like there's a problem with Stack Overflow, as the number of people prowling it increases. Each question's answers are sorted by descending score and then by descending time of posting. This ...
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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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How can we give some boost to some really good answers that arrive late?

It happens sometimes to receive or see a very good answer that arrives very late and that would deserve more upvotes. What can be done to give a boost to them? I would happily spend some of my ...
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Is the fastest gun in the west solved?

Is the fastest gun in the west problem solved? Is it really a problem?
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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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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 ...
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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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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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Award accepted answer reputation for finding duplicates verified by OP

Consider the following theoretical situation: New user asks a question: Why does my program process a sorted array faster than an unsorted array? I see this question, I can: Vote to close as ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Randomly reorder all answers posted within ten minutes of each other

As a way to improve the chance of the best answers showing up closest to the question, what if you randomly reordered all low-scoring answers posted within ten minutes of each other? Once a question (...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Half-baked answers from new question campers....problem? [duplicate]

I seem to have noticed a bit of a trend where a posted question will very quickly get an answer, but a very poor one. It would seem that some people are "camping", waiting for new questions to be ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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