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What is the appropriate way for a normal user (without diamond moderator privilege) to request a question to be featured in Meta Stack Exchange and per-site metas?


What should be done if the post needs to be featured immediately (in case of time-sensitive posts)?

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I think that you should simply write a comment beneath the question to say something like:

I think this question should be tagged as featured because …

I think that this should be done on only rare occasions when a question worthy of being featured was overlooked initially.

I think you should suggest rather than request a question be featured. Votes on your comment should keep it near the top of the comments and votes on the question should indicate to staff/moderators whether the question seems useful.

All other mechanisms you suggest are likely to interrupt the flow of Q&A (with moderation) far more.

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  • Did you go through the comments of this post: meta.stackexchange.com/q/375832? Commented Feb 20, 2022 at 13:23
  • @RandomPerson I did, but only just now, and I don't think they are relevant to my comment.
    – PolyGeo
    Commented Feb 20, 2022 at 20:18
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    PolyGeo, while you suggested me to comment, Tinkeringbell suggested me to flag. So I am not sure which method is more appropriate. Commented Feb 21, 2022 at 18:32
  • @RandomPerson Neither answer here suggests flagging.
    – PolyGeo
    Commented Feb 21, 2022 at 21:10
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What should be done if the post needs to be featured immediately (in case of time-sensitive posts)?

Practically - while it's a 2 second job, generally we trust the staff to manage it - and intervene with these tags as little as possible. In general - we hope folks do too, and not back seat drive policy with respect to that. That's to say, to a significant extent, staff should know, and when they don't, learn from their peers, what needs featuring, with only the occasional nudge from us.

As such - the first, clearest point of contact might be to comment that it would be helpful to feature network wide, and why. I think in general my answer here holds true, though admittedly - there's exceptional situations where mods may choose to add feature-tags where we feel staff are unable to and there's certain conditions met. That generally means the company actively doing things badly - and I think the current crop of folks seem to make it unlikely that a mod will have to make those decisions in a vacuum.

In addition chances are if there's a post of merit that needs to be featured, we'd let a CM know to pass on to other staff, ping a suitable point of contact if one is available - so dropping a link where we can see it and discussing it might be another approach - and most of us are regular on the Tavern on the Meta.

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  • Thanks for the answer Journeyman Geek! Your answer mostly focuses on the last part of my post (time-sensitive). Would you like to answer any of the preceding questions? Commented Feb 21, 2022 at 18:34
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    Ah I felt that saying we usually trust stuff to handle it and giving them a heads-up over comments seems sufficient. Not sure what else needs adding there Commented Feb 22, 2022 at 3:42
  • "stuff"? Did you mean "staff"? Commented Feb 22, 2022 at 13:24
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    Yes I did. I blame using my phone, and autocucumber :D Commented Feb 22, 2022 at 13:44

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