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So there's a feature request (I'm not the OP) which has recently been tagged status-declined. I was/am highly in favor of the request. Now I'm depressed. I will probably drown my sorrows tonight in a case of dark English ale (nothing like the old world).

This particular feature-request had 72 upvotes on it and the reason given for declining was not all that great (IMHO). How long do we wait (realistically) before asking for a highly-popular feature request which was declined to be reconsidered?

(ok, to save you some forensic time the feature in question is this one, but this is really just in general)

  • The original request, though, doesn't have a very strong argument for it. The question either belongs or does not belong. If wording can be changed to make it belong, then a new question is probably the better choice, rather than trying to save one in the throes of death. Further, you shouldn't be closing questions that are only a slight wording change away from being a good question on SO. If they change it significantly enough to make it reasonable for SO, then it's really a vastly different question than the one you closed. – Pollyanna Jan 15 '10 at 21:08
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    Also, I recommend drowning your sorrows in waffles. Doesn't have the nasty next-morning effects your choice includes. – Pollyanna Jan 15 '10 at 21:11
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    Yeah, I'm with you on the slight wording change thing but am more thinking about the screw-up when I misread a valid question. – squillman Jan 15 '10 at 21:12
  • I've long been convinced that we need to introduce full contact moderating on SO. In fact... – Pollyanna Jan 15 '10 at 21:30
  • Waffles are actually my cure for tomorrow morning. – squillman Jan 15 '10 at 21:41
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"Furthermore, it is my opinion that Carthage must be destroyed." - Cato, the Elder

Nag, nag, nag, nag. That helps. If you really want it, piss Jeff off with it.

The "bug" that you could circumvent the 15-chars-limit in comments with spaces wasn't that a big deal. But people complained and complained about it. Jeff got fed up and sacrificed valuable programming time to "fix" this. Follow that example!

Now go and write your dupe. I am out of close votes. Now or never.

You also could add an answer to the linked question, to restart the discussion (and also get a Necromancer badge maybe). It would be the correct, but less nagging thing to do.

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You can repost it immediately, or wait as long as you like.

However, unless you present a new argument for the feature, or ask for a slightly different version of the feature it's likely to be closed as a dupe, and if not it'll be declined again anyway.

If you want to ask for the same exact feature that was explicitly declined, there's no real time period to wait, but I probably would wait 6-12 months at least.

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    And not even in that case. I've seen just barely related questions marked as duplicate. People just don't seem to note the variations. – Vinko Vrsalovic Jan 15 '10 at 21:11
  • I know it can get reposted immediately, but there's the "realistic" part that I'd like to get a better gauge on. Good point on rewording. – squillman Jan 15 '10 at 21:18

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