I have seem this in other boards systems (although this is not actually a board). Maybe it would be helpful to offer a list of the previous answers so you can read what was stated while editing? I thought this would be good for two things:
1st. It would encourage users to quote the answer instead of just rewriting with their own words making it difficult for the reader to notice and find which answer he is talking about.
2nd. I wouldn't need to memorize the name of the person in my head or open two tabs to mention that person X suggested something.
What do you think? I will understand that a up vote here would mean this feature wold be appreciated and down voted otherwise. If not, I would appreciate know why.
The functionality is already available but only for those who have edit privileges. Question is now a matter of why it could not be available for everyone. Please see below on the answers.