When typing up or editing a question the completed version is shown in the box below. When editing this means that the whole text is constantly being refreshed which is just plain annoying. Would it be possible to introduce a delay (maybe 7 seconds) between output box refreshments?

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    $\begingroup$ Somewhat related feature request on meta.se: Allow me to disable preview while answering in MathJax enabled sites. $\endgroup$
    – user642796
    Aug 30 '15 at 5:39
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    $\begingroup$ It's more a problem with plain text than equations because you know exactly what the text will come out like, so the constant updating of the post preview box is just an annoying distraction. I take it the downvoter disagrees with this. $\endgroup$
    – user117644
    Aug 30 '15 at 5:51
  • $\begingroup$ White the meta.SE feature request was certainly centred around MathJax and how disruptive constantly updating that can be, I think that it is unlikely that such a feature would be introduced only on MathJax-enabled sites. (Also, if implemented, it doesn't really matter why you hide the preview.) I do find it odd that you can hide the preview when editing, but not when asking/answering. $\endgroup$
    – user642796
    Aug 30 '15 at 6:06
  • $\begingroup$ How do you hide it while editing? $\endgroup$
    – user117644
    Aug 30 '15 at 6:14
  • $\begingroup$ When editing a post there is a "hide preview" button/link below the editor box on the left-hand-side. $\endgroup$
    – user642796
    Aug 30 '15 at 6:19
  • $\begingroup$ It ain't there. I'm using Chrome so I'll just blame google. Makes a change from blaming microsoft. $\endgroup$
    – user117644
    Aug 30 '15 at 6:29
  • $\begingroup$ It doesn't appear when you are "suggesting edits" (i.e., when editing while having <2K reputation). $\endgroup$
    – user642796
    Aug 30 '15 at 6:36
  • $\begingroup$ But it doesn't appear when I'm editing my own questions either! $\endgroup$
    – user117644
    Aug 30 '15 at 10:28
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    $\begingroup$ Good suggestion, I don't know why it was downvoted. I think 7 seconds might be too long though. I think the most "natural" delay would be when you pause typing. This can probably be empirically figured out, but I'd imagine a delay of half a second or even less would do the job. It would definitely make things a bit smoother. Also would be nice to have the maths smoothly change appearance rather than go to plaintext and then back again. $\endgroup$ Aug 30 '15 at 21:18
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    $\begingroup$ robjohn has some very useful bookmarklets, notably one to enable/disable mathjax rendering. I find it's the most annoying thing about the constant re-rendering, in addition to consuming an enormous amount of CPU time and making me able to cook eggs on my laptop. $\endgroup$ Aug 31 '15 at 9:06

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