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Should Stack Exchange introduce the ability to upload embedded sounds (maybe via HTML5/Flash, whichever the user has) as part of questions and answers to Stack Exchange? It could require a certain amount of rep to stop new users from doing it frivolously.

My rationale behind this is the new language & usage sites. I often find myself thinking that it might be helpful, when discussing a regional dialect or something, for the person answering to just pronounce what they're trying to describe in words.

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Sure, as long as this is limited to those few sites were it might be helpful. I'd hate to see this on SO, for example. –  Awesome Poodles Aug 25 '11 at 8:33
    
@Brock Why would you hate it? Can you give an example? It's not like there are that many use cases on SO, but you don't have to click it or anything. It would for example absolutely make sense on SU ("My laptop fan sounds like this..."). –  slhck Aug 25 '11 at 12:18
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@slhck: My laptop fan sounds like this: Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down... –  Piskvor Aug 25 '11 at 14:36

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For the most part, this is already possible: Embedded audio player (although you don't have an upload path directly through us).

This is only enabled on those sites were this seems to be useful, and your argument isn't bad, so we may consider it if the need is indeed there. Do you have any particular examples?

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A discussion on how to pronounce 'Pope' in French here: french.stackexchange.com/questions/515/… –  Jez Aug 25 '11 at 12:13
    
Would it be possible to implement some sort of upload mechanism like you have with imgur for images, so that it is not needed to register/login at SoundCloud to upload manually first? –  awe Mar 21 '12 at 10:37
    
In a related question; on the language SE, there appears to be a valid case for the ability of users to simply click a site widget and be able to record a sound that becomes part of the conversation on language. I've asked this question on Chinese SE (meta.chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/370/…). Should that question be migrated to META.se? –  Tommie C. Aug 13 at 18:09

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