I posted a feature request in the boorish forum called meta.math.stackexchange.com. It was closed as a duplicate of a question that was not a feature request.

I do not suspect anyone who participated in its closing or who commented on it of being responsible for software development on Stack Exchange.
Is there any way to address a feature request to responsible persons and get a businesslike reply (or maybe even a polite reply)?

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    Boorish. Yeah. Very constructive. – M.A.R. Apr 23 '15 at 23:59
  • I don't understand you at all. – Anthony Pham Apr 24 '15 at 0:03
  • @MARamezani : Indeed, it is boorish. – Michael Hardy Apr 24 '15 at 0:49
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    You should demand a refund! – ale Apr 24 '15 at 1:00
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    ha ha ha ha. Generally people posting on math.stackexchange.com are polite or at least businesslike, except when engaging in the institutionalized rudeness that is built into the software in the form of certain boilerplate notices that I've mentioned there. But then the go over to meta and they throw tantrums. Those tantrums may be relatively harmless since there's not a lot of newbie-biting in them, but that boilerplate notice is cruelty to newbies and drives them away. – Michael Hardy Apr 24 '15 at 1:04
  • @2mkgz : Please be explicit. – Michael Hardy Apr 24 '15 at 2:03
  • Maybe a private message system would sort this out... – DJ Aftershock Apr 24 '15 at 8:29
  • What a boorish tantrum. I believe I shall register my disapproval. – Won't Apr 24 '15 at 16:17
  • So if I say that a certain standard practice is wrong and should be changed, then that behavior of mine constitutes a boorish tantrum? – Michael Hardy Apr 24 '15 at 18:29

You're considerably less likely to get an official response to your feature-request if it isn't well-received by others first. We try to take our lead from the folks using these sites; if folks don't want a feature implemented, we're not in any great hurry to consider doing so.

If a feature does garner some significant amount of support, we'll try to leave an answer or comment that outlines our plans to implement it or - if implementation is not feasible - our reasons for ignoring it. That said, there are always more awesome features being requested than there is time to implement them, so it may take a significant amount of time for us to get around to reviewing them.

In your specific case, the feature you're requesting was both unpopular and had already been discussed at length in the past. It's unlikely anyone on the team will bother to comment on it.


Moderators, which include the Stack Exchange Community team and developers, are notified of every post on meta sites. So you can be sure your post was read by someone who has the ability to implement it.

However, expecting a personal reply to every feature request, while nice, is not something you should expect or demand. There are 10's of thousands of open feature requests across all Stack Exchange sites. If they took the time to reply to every request, that would actually cut into the time they have to actually implement feature requests.

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