I wander around looking for information about how are feature-requests processed.

I came across one funny suggested edit then I went to Meta to research how to deal with it and what to do about the it. I usually come here when I am unsure about the use of granted privileges.

I've spent some time reading other users complains about the anonymous suggested edits.

The below question was asked over 2 years ago and its status is declined.

What about the other 2 feature-requests (last and this year) which both seem to receive some upvotes and yet have not been declined.

I have a few questions regarding the feature-request process:

present time

  1. What time frame does the present time(from the picture) represent ?
  2. How long do we have to wait before posting another feature-request and not be marked as a duplicate?
  3. Is there amount of votes required in order for a feature-request to be accepted?

2 Answers 2

  1. Until the circumstances of and/or justification for the denial of the feature request no longer apply
  2. Same as the above
  3. Nope! If they like it, they'll add it. If not, they won't. Community approval is only one factor of consideration.

In other words, they won't reconsider until the rationale for denial does not apply. Until this time, duplicate requests (which will generate duplicate answers) will be marked as such.

Votes are important, but are hardly everything.

Only some feature requests get status tags. They only typically add them if there's a canonical reason for denial, and only if they feel like it. If you'd like one to get one, flag for moderator attention.

  • 2
    And it's key that if you're re-posting the feature that you explain why the reason for denial no longer applies.
    – Servy
    Commented Aug 15, 2013 at 16:07
  • so the main factor remains as owners. thanks for your answer.
    – user221081
    Commented Aug 15, 2013 at 16:45
  • @Servy good point
    – user221081
    Commented Aug 15, 2013 at 16:45

Stack Exchange is a corporation, so ultimately decisions on implementing features rest with the owners and employees of the corporation, regardless of community support or approval. The "present-time" timeframe doesn't really mean anything specific and can be a short or a long as it needs to be.

This question is a perfect example: Can we have the ability to retract a close vote before it closes?

It was an extremely popular feature, but was marked as for a very long time (about 3.5 years). It is also infamous for having the single most (undeleted) downvoted answer in the history of Meta Stack Overflow. However, it was decided a short time ago to implement and the feature was added in the last few weeks.


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