Would it be a good idea to allow users to optionally mark their questions in such a way that answers can be submitted but are not visible for some amount of time (e.g. 48 hours) after the question was originally posed?
Additionally, if there's concern that "frozen" questions will harm the community if overused perhaps they could have a price similar to how bounties work.
So, there's an arms race to answer questions quickly. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, and some types of question-askers like students probably appreciate quick responses.
However, as of right now, there's no way for an asker to opt out of the arms race. More specifically, they can't mark a question in such a way that none of the answers are visible until some amount of time has passed (e.g. 48 hours).
I imagine there's also a lot of answerers who would like to be able to contribute answers with less time pressure. I personally would like that, since I don't like answering without double-checking everything I've said.
- Has such a suggestion come up before? (I've uncovered nothing searching Meta. This is the closest thing I can find.)
- Is it a good idea to allow askers to do this?
- Is it worth the added complexity / development time, if allowing opting into a "freeze" is even a good idea in the first place?
Previous proposals that recommended moving everyone over to a model similar to the one in this proposal (with a much shorter timeframe) are:
- Hide answers for a period immediately after a question is posted
- Don't show the answers for the question in the first 2 minutes
This humorous comment is also relevant: