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I've spent a bit of time today looking at user voice, user echo, idea scale etc, as a way of allowing users to do feature suggestion/prioritisation for my open source project (docx4j).

It strikes me that a single topic on SO with the docx4j tag, something like, "what would you most like to see added to docx4j?" would do the trick nicely. It would meet the 2 essential requirements, namely (1) add an idea, and (2) prioritise.

But would such a question meet SO guidelines? Thanks!

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No, it wouldn't.

  • It's a poll, and polls are explicitly verboten.
  • It's asking for opinions, and speculative questions that ask for opinions are off-topic.
  • It's not a programming question, and only programming questions are on-topic.


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Those are the rules for the whole network; they may be enforced more or less vigorously on the various sites, or there may be exceptions; you'd have to ask on the appropriate site-specific metas. – Ernest Friedman-Hill Aug 2 '12 at 0:53
oops, sorry, deleted my comment before seeing yours. thanks. – Plutext Aug 2 '12 at 0:54

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