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I asked this question, which generated some discussion and led me to an alternative solution, but I think the underlying feature would make a good addition to a future version of the language.

Is there a place where requests for features (not Stack Overflow features, but product-specific features) where they can be commented and voted on?

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You mean products that are not Stack Exchange products? Things like C#, Java, Perl etc? – Oded Apr 26 '12 at 19:42
And please explain who exactly is supposed to act on the feature requests? – Oded Apr 26 '12 at 19:49
@Joe: I've edited your question title to reflect the distinction that SE is a Q&A network rather than a free form discussion forum. – user7116 Apr 26 '12 at 19:51
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In 99.999%* of these cases, StackOverflow is not going to be the proper place to solicit feature requests. We can't answer a feature request! Well, I can't answer a request to add syntax to the C# compiler and neither can all but a minuscule number of folks on the network.

In the general case of your question, sites like UserVoice exist to handle these sorts of problems.

In the specific case, you have to go to the horse's mouth to make these suggestions. For example, Microsoft Connect may be a good place for MS product suggestions or filing a Java Specification Requests (JSRs) to handle Java ideas.

Basically, StackOverflow was not built to handle requests for features for a community to vote on.

*I'm sure you could concoct a legitimate question which ended up being a feature request of sorts, but that will not be common.

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Thanks for the tip on Microsoft Connect. – Joe Enzminger Apr 26 '12 at 21:05

No, I don't think there's a good place for such things on stackexchange. Possibly on, but I would leave that to their community.

This is not a specific question that can have a specific answer.

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Not appropriate on Programmers either, since feature requests for various products aren't Q&A. – Adam Lear Apr 27 '12 at 4:15

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