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I just had this scenario: a question where an impulse answer came to mind. Posted that but for sure it was not good enough. However, there's a 5-minute grace period where edits can be done without having a revision. But obviously the There is a new answer has popped up already and someone read and down-voted.

Now my question: should that message only appear after the grace period? That would as well mean that answers will pop up earliest 5 minutes after a question has been asked. For me as an answerer that would be ok since often I proof read only after submitting (and I've seen many An edit as been made while watching).

  • Folks have always been able to see new answers during the grace period; "there is a new answer" is merely additional notification. – Robert Harvey Dec 23 '16 at 20:10
  • @RobertHarvey I guesses so. My question stands, if the post should only be available after the grace period has passed. – qwerty_so Dec 23 '16 at 23:08
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    it is a trademark of Stack Exchange system that questions can be answered in a few seconds and system is purposely designed so that after one hits the answer button lots of things happen and lots of people get notified, asker, folks typing their answers, readers of the question, users watching "active" tab. There were lots of suggestions to change this (see eg here and linked posts) but none succeeded so far: it is unlikely that such a core feature will change – gnat Dec 24 '16 at 10:30
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    @gnat That answers my question :-) – qwerty_so Dec 24 '16 at 11:02
  • There is a work around for not having this feature. The preview. You get to see how you're question will actually look in all it's glory before anyone see's it for as long as you want. I've used this to sit on and refine a question for days before anyone see's it. Wish more people knew they could do that. – candied_orange Dec 24 '16 at 16:18
  • @CandiedOrange I know about the Preview and it's fine. But me (and I've seen others) often submit to see the answer in the context of the page. So basically I see that I should not submit unless I really have written everything. I'd prefer it the other way round, but that will not happen for explained reasons. – qwerty_so Dec 24 '16 at 17:27
  • @ThomasKilian and that's why you're allowed to delete, edit, and then undelete. – candied_orange Dec 25 '16 at 18:04
  • @CandiedOrange Yes, I sometimes fall back to that. – qwerty_so Dec 25 '16 at 18:14
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    "I should not submit unless I really have written everything" - no, that is not necessary. Just give an answer which contains enough information in a reasonable quality you don't expect to get downvotes for it. Then you can refine and add further information as you wish. – Doc Brown Dec 25 '16 at 20:46
  • @DocBrown That was basically my issue. I was answering impulsive. And I will likely not cure my attitude to do so. – qwerty_so Dec 25 '16 at 20:56

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