As I was using the site, I had an idea for a new feature for the network.
As I searched through the Meta archives, I found that someone already asked for the same thing a long time in the past. The suggestion was positively received, and the team posted a response that they like the request, but due to various intrinsic reasons, it would not be implemented at that time. The request was marked status-deferred.
Or, I ran into a bug when using the sites, and someone else already reported the issue, but the team declined to fix it at that time due to (external) reasons (but still acknowledged that it was a bug). The request to fix it was given the same tag, status-deferred, but it's been a really long time and no fix has been made, and I keep running into it.
How can I get staff attention for a request that was marked status-deferred a long time ago, or at least get an update on the circumstances regarding its current placement in the work timeline? It might be possible that (especially if it was given that tag a long time ago) it may have been forgotten about.
The instructions for getting attention for requests with no official response don't really apply, as the request already has an official response. The instructions for requesting declined requests be reconsidered don't really apply either, as they say to post a new question addressing the reasons for declining the prior request, but for deferred requests there are no such reasons, and I've often seen such questions closed as duplicates. Commenting on the staff response explaining the deferral may not always be an option, as the staff member may have since ceased to be an SE employee, and even if they're still so, I've often not gotten responses to those.
For reference: the feature request that prompted me to ask this question. Now that I think about it, there are also some other feature requests, such as this one of mine, that fall under the same thing.
As mentioned earlier, this is not a duplicate of the following posts:
- How do I get attention for old, unfixed bug reports and feature requests without official responses here on Meta? - that's asking about requests with no official response
- Can we re-request features that were declined a sufficient while ago? - that's asking about requests that have been declined