So currently many questions on IPS get lots and lots of answers, some of which are duplicated with others. This isn't necessarily bad, but I think we could use the same strategy (with modified thresholds) that the workplace uses to discourage duplicated answers and encourage people to focus on improving existing answers instead.
Currently, on the workplace, if you attempt to answer a question that has more than 2 answers already, you get this notice and have to explicitly acknowledge it before being allowed to write your answer:
This question has more than 2 answers already.
Did you read through all the existing answers first to make sure your answer will be contributing something new?
Also, please note that you can click the edit link on any of these answers to improve them.
Now obviously, for IPS, the 2 answer threshold should be tweaked, but I still think we could benefit from such a feature:
- It does not prevent answers past X, only makes people read a thing before they can post them
- It works really well in preventing outright duplicate answers in the workplace
- It gets the point that duplicate answers aren't really useful across in a way that is not as easy to ignore as the FAQ or help center is.
What do you think? Should IPS get this notice? At which threshold if yes?