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Before submitting an answer to a question I first check to see if there is a notice that a new answer has been submitted. However, on more than one occasion I have been embarrassed to submit an answer which is a virtual duplicate of an answer already submitted. Also, I frequently see essentially identical answers submitted by two people minutes apart so I assume the newer poster faced the same issue.

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Depending on the load on the servers, the quality of your internet connection, and other circumstances the connection for real-time notifications can get interrupted.

If this happens you only see new answers once the page gets refreshed.

If you want to be sure, you can manually induce a refresh right before you post. (Be careful not to use your work in the process though! You could open a second copy of the question-thread it in a new tab for example.) But I do not think it is necessary to go that far; it's alright to have some redundancy.

For a question about the 'etiquette' of the situation see About posting identical answers to a question

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  • $\begingroup$ AFAIK when a new answer is posted we are noticed by a pop-up message. (This happened to me for few times, so I think it's generally valid.) $\endgroup$ – user26857 Jun 10 '16 at 22:21
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, usually this happens, but '[d]epending on the load on the servers, the quality of your internet connection, and other circumstances the connection for real-time notifications can get interrupted.' $\endgroup$ – quid Jun 10 '16 at 22:31

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