Is there a way to see whether someone else has started editing a post? There are times that I'd like to fix a post, but don't want to duplicate someone else's effort or overwrite any edits they made, or whatever happens on a conflict.

Tom O'Connor recently asked about Some kind of 'edit locking'. To be clear, I'm not asking for locking, just an indication that someone started editing the post already.

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    I knew it was you that stole those precious /review edits from me! – jscott May 10 '12 at 0:14
  • @jscott: Bwah-ha-HA-HA-ha! – wfaulk May 10 '12 at 0:15
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    The concept of an indicator has all the same problems as a lock. If one was practical so the other would be. I'm not saying either is a bad idea, just that I can't see them being workable. – John Gardeniers May 10 '12 at 10:17

It does already; unfortunately it takes a long time. The edit screen auto-saves your drafts every few minutes; when it does so it sees if anyone else has a draft being auto-saved. Unfortunately that means the other person has to have been editing long enough to auto-save, or be done editing themself, and you have to have been editing long enough to auto save, then it will appear.

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    How about autosaving immediately upon starting to edit? – wfaulk May 9 '12 at 20:01

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