I've seen a few ideas here that were unfortunately marked as . Does this mean that such an idea is a lost cause and arguing over it is pointless, or is it possible that the SE team may change it's views and make it a or , et cetera?

If any, are there any examples of questions changing from to ?


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Some features are just blatantly never going to happen, like the various requests to have monetary rewards integrated into the site. People can keep requesting it, but that decline is never gonna change.

On the other hand, there are plenty of cases where a decline simply means "not right now." It's perfectly possible that it will be reconsidered at a later time, and there are cases where a previously declined feature has later been implemented. One example is the ability to retract close votes.

Features can be re-evaluated for a variety of reasons after initially being declined, such as:

  • What wasn't a problem before is now becoming a consistent problem.
  • Someone brings to light other factors not previously considered.
  • Changes in the system make it much easier to implement another feature.
  • In this case, would the SE team always mention whether if it's declined for good or there's a possibility of change? Aug 20, 2017 at 3:49
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    If we know it's something we'll reconsider later, then sure. But that can sometimes be hard to predict.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Aug 20, 2017 at 3:57
  • "*On the other hand, there are plenty of cases where a decline simply means 'not right now.' *" In such a situation, wouldn't status-planned or status-deferred make more sense, correct me if I'm wrong. Aug 20, 2017 at 5:58
  • @Unitato status-planned or status-deferred, especially status-planned, carry the expectation that it will be done eventually. This is not always the case. Probably a better description would that there are plenty of cases where a decline simply means 'not right now', but possibly never. As animuson says in the comment, it can be hard to predict if something will be reconsiderd, and status-deferred basically says they will.
    – wythagoras
    Aug 20, 2017 at 8:27
  • Oh, I see, thanks @wythagoras Aug 20, 2017 at 16:58

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