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Over at StackApps, the majority of the posts are either scripts to change/add features on the Stack Exchange network, or an app that you can download. Like every other Stack website, you have to "Ask a question" to post said scripts. I think that it is a little useless to say that the person who posted the script "Asked a question." I think that it would be a little more appropriate to say "Posted a Script/App." There could be a simple interface down where the "Post your question" button is. It could be set up as a radio interface

Are you posting a
  [] Question
  [] Script
  [] App

Then the button could be greyed out until the user selects one, or it could be defaulted as a question. Alternatively, the interface could be put right onto the button, in a sort of a dropdown style.


On the other hand, many of the "answers" that are posted on said apps/scripts are either bug reports or feature suggestions. There should be a similar interface for these answers.

Are you posting a
  [] Answer
  [] Feature Suggestion
  [] Bug

One script in particular that drew my attention to this issue is AutoReviewComments - Pro-forma comments for SE. This script has over 43 "answers," with most of them being feature suggestions. The OP was smart enough to edit in a tag for the ones he did implement. I think that there is a much more efficient way of doing this.

I think that for feature requests, there should be an option to "accept the answer," but instead of having the big green check mark, it would be a smaller, perhaps blue check mark. This could indicate that the feature has been implemented, and the OP is acknowledging the Feature Requester of his help. Instead of adding 15+ rep to the user, it could add a small amount, say 3+ rep. If the Feature Requester actually helped give code to implement the feature, there could be a third check mark, say yellow, that would be like an improved acknowledgement. This could award something like 6+ rep

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I think the reason it's like is because questions about the API and things like that. You'd have to leave the questions part there for that. –  ɥʇǝS Apr 30 '13 at 2:27
    
@Seth That is why there would still be the option to post a question –  Cody Guldner Apr 30 '13 at 2:30
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Someone should write a script that changes the UI :-P –  Lix May 12 '13 at 6:43

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I'm one of the moderators over at Stack Apps - I'll do my best to answer your questions.

"StackApps doesn't have a meta site that I know of, so I posted this on here. Feel free to migrate it if you feel it would fit better on another site."

This is correct. The "how to ask" page states that "If your question is about the site itself, ask on our meta-discussion site." (The link points here on Meta.)

"On the other hand, many of the "answers" that are posted on said apps/scripts are either bug reports or feature suggestions."

Someone recently asked a similar question about flagging "answers" to app posts requesting or suggesting new features. There is no official policy on this as far as I know. Personally, I have no problem with answers being used for this purpose since there really isn't any alternative available (at least not without resorting to a third-party service).

I actually created a website at one point to try to alleviate the problem. Sadly, it never really took off.

"I think that there is a much more efficient way of doing this."

I'm sure there is. It's important to remember that the Stack Exchange platform isn't really designed to be used as a bug / feature tracker. Although it is true that there are already quite a few features specific to Stack Apps (such as the thumbnails on the homepage), I doubt your changes could be easily implemented without a considerable amount of effort.

Instead, I would encourage the authors of some of the apps that receive a lot of feature requests to register with a third-party service (like Trello, for example). These sites provide a much easier way to track feature requests.

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I think the OP's point was that "Question" and "Answer" are severe misnomers, not that they are ineffective at getting the point across. –  Emrakul Apr 30 '13 at 3:51
    
So how do you feel about the questions part? –  Cody Guldner Apr 30 '13 at 15:50

There are tags though, like "script," which you can use. This is almost the same as meta, with the , , and .

I don't think the familiar and consistent-between-sites format needs to be changed on Stack Apps or Meta.

For the "I completed this" on answers, the OP can always leave a comment or edit, as he did. There is not really a need for a whole new format.

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