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Proposals for new features on the Stack Exchange network, or requests for a change to an existing feature.

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Can the "Add Another Answer" button have its own draggable pop-up too?

If I recall correctly, there used to be a browser pop-up after clicking/pressing the "Answer Your Question" button. Now it has been changed to an in-site draggable pop-up: Can the same be ...
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Remove Introductory banner for signed in accounts over a certain age?

I noticed today that this banner appeared again on my front-page: I recall having removed the banner several times after I understood how the site works many moons ago, yet it keeps on reappearing ...
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The ability to unfollow all

Looking at the occasional new post to an old question that I've followed, I realise that most of the posts I'm getting pings from I'm no longer interested in. Having been over-enthusiastic at pressing ...
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Improving migration quality

We have usually the same statements against more/simplified migration paths like stated in this question: the question is low quality and should rather be closed the question doesn't belong on the ...
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Improvements to site status and incident communication

TL;DR: Starting on the 8th of June, 2022, our status page will be updated automatically, bringing us closer to our goal of better communicating outage statuses with our community. The URL https://...
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Introduce a rule: When questions are closed as "off-topic", the moderator who closes must not do so without also proposing a better place to ask [duplicate]

Back in 2011 and 2012, SE was different. These days it feels as if more than half my questions get shut down as off topic, and of those, only half are done so politely and helpfully. Here's the latest ...
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Can feature requests not be questions? [duplicate]

Even as a someone who is something of a UI/UXtist myself, I found it pretty awkward to navigate to the right place to submit feedback. I don't want a "Ask Question" button, I want a "...
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Show 40 last votes, rather than 30, on my Votes tab

On the currently-logged-in user's Votes page, a list of the the last 30 votes is displayed. I would like propose that the number of rows should be adjustable, preferably by a URL query parameter (e.g. ...
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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Edit Rate Limit

Due to a recent change in how grace period edits work, users without the "remove new user restrictions" privilege can no longer take advantage of the grace period — all their edits now ...
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Do not automatically redirect anonymous user from unanswered duplicate question to corresponding answered version

Duplicate questions that use different words to describe the same problem are important for people to find the content via search engines. But I doubt that search engines add redirecting pages to ...
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Why not have the editor with two horizontal panes instead of a vertical layout?

I was wondering why the preview is below the question's editor and not to its side? A long question may require scrolling up and down to check the layout. The window in which to type a question is ...
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"I have read your message" moderator message

This feature request is regarding this question on the response to moderator's message: Add a small message box for the user to either tick or type a quick message back to acknowledge the moderator's ...
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Tags in chat messages unsupported in parentless room

In Charcoal HQ I am unable to use [tag:random-string] in a chat message, while this works fine in other rooms. I was told informally that this is because the room doesn't have a parent site, and thus ...
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Would it be possible to add 301 redirects for Stack Exchange sites with unique domains? [duplicate]

I visit a lot of *.stackexchange.com sites, and usually I type the address manually. Every now and then, I'll type (for example) superuser.stackexchange.com, only to be met with the "Site not ...
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Is there a way to make the text size of special formatting like subscripts and superscripts larger? [duplicate]

On Math Stack Exchange, people use a lot of sub/superscripts and it gets very difficult to read with how small the font sizes are. Even worse is when people make in-text vectors with subscripts (with ...
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Improve workflow for converting a deleted answer into a comment

I was trying to convert a deleted answer to a comment via the moderator menu for the post. That didn't work, I get a message answer deleted; can't be converted to comment Because a (non-deleted) ...
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"so long as they follow the Creative Commons attribution requirements" - but they don't

I reported two scrapers which were violating the license* recently, as I'd done some time last year as well. I got this email in return: Hello, All content on Stack Exchange is licensed under either ...
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Adding a 'Markdown link' to 'Share a link to this answer/question' dialog

I often prepare an answer in a local application editor that supports Markdown syntax. After posting the answer I then add a link to that answer using the 'Copy link' of the 'Share a link to this ...
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API to programmatically close questions as duplicate with duplicate list

If you follow and/or curate a tag long enough, you'll probably notice that there's some questions that just get asked over and over. Usually these are confusing aspects of some commonly used feature ...
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Add a date range filter to the mass URL replacement tool

Stack Exchange staff has a simple search-and-replace tool to rewrite (broken) links without bumping the post. Can it be extended with a date range filter, so that it can update posts which were ...
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Apply synonyms while typing tags

When I type in a tag that is a synonym source, a box with the synonym target pops up. This is good because when I am somewhat paying attention and know about synonyms, I see what kind of change will ...
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Distinguish between deleted and non-deleted posts in bookmarks and followed posts

Here is a screenshot of what I see of the first few bookmarks I have on Stack Overflow: Since I have more than 10k reputation on Stack Overflow, I have the ability to see deleted posts including ...
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Update the help center page on site analytics to reflect that traffic sources are not tracked for users with performance cookies disabled

Effective May 13, 2022 (or earlier), the Google Analytics cookie will be recategorized as a performance cookie and will no longer be saved for users who opt out of performance cookies (or all cookies),...
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Support the <details> syntax for collapsible/expandable sections in Markdown posts [duplicate]

When posting, I would like a way to show a collapsible section that adds value, but it might be distracting to have in full while just reading though the post casually, or adding extra details that ...
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Delete the "Close" feature (Especially for duplicates)

Today when I was asking a question on Stack Overflow, after I posted the question, I went to the restroom. After I came back, guess what? My post was closed, because it was a duplicate. At first, I ...
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Add SQL script creation to tables

Now that we can finally use formatted tables in questions and answers, I suggest enhancing the feature to also optionally generate an SQL CREATE+INSERT script for each table in a question. We can use ...
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Ignore Tag for Hot Network Questions [duplicate]

When browsing a thematic Stack Exchange, e.g. physics Stack Exchange, on the bottom right corner we have a Hot Network Questions section. While I like this feature, there are some Stack Exchange which ...
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Is downvoting en masse an on-topic question "friendly"?

On Meta we often see off-topic questions that have no rhyme or reason: too many if truth be told. These questions are downvoted by the community, closed swiftly, removed from the main page and deleted ...
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Could the bulk replacement tool please be made to also check link availability and return list of links and posts?

Stack Exchange staff has a tool which can search and replace strings in the URLs, see Shog9's answer here: How to find and/or change a set of hyperlinks on a site? This tool is sometimes used when ...
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Can't mark custom comment flag as helpful after the comment has been deleted automatically

What happened: A user voted to close a question as duplicate, generating an automatic comment "Does this answer your question?" Another user flagged that question with a custom comment flag ...
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Reward linking questions

Reward linking questions to leverage and organize existing knowledge There is already so much knowledge stored inside the Stack Exchange network. The chance is high that an answered question relates ...
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Bounties on questions without answers shouldn't start counting down until the first answer is posted, but still only stay featured for seven days [duplicate]

I think I understand How does the bounty system work? when no answers get posted: What happens if there's no answer after the bounty period? If, after the end of the bounty period, a question has no ...
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Allow moderators to issue warnings to reviewers using the review suspension system

This would basically function as a zero-day suspension: the reviewer would get the message in exactly the same way they would for a review suspension, except that they can keep reviewing afterward. ...
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Replace vote locking with vote-reputation locking

Stack Exchange has vote locking: This feature should be removed. Instead, if an upvote is revoked enough time later, no reputation is changed (the poster keeps the reputation the upvote originally ...
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Revisiting being able to close as duplicate against any question

The way that duplicates work currently is as follows: You can only close as duplicates if the target question has at least one answer that is positively scored or accepted. The previous doesn't apply ...
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Community service hours on SE

If high-schoolers or other eligible individuals wish to amass community service hours by participating in Stack Exchange sites on a volunteer basis, is there/can we implement a mechanism by which ...
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Incorrect message shown when trying to close a question a second time [duplicate]

I voted to close a question on EL&U, and it was later closed. Then the question was reopened again. Now I can't cast another close vote, so why does the message say, "You cannot vote to close ...
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Please send email notifications immediately when someone answers questions

Some time ago, I noticed that Stack Exchange isn't sending email notifications immediately when someone replies to my questions. I'd like to be notified via e-mail when someone answers my questions as ...
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Allow moderators to edit sections of privilege help center pages

This question is inspired by the recent public reveal of the Stack Overflow Question Close Reasons - Definitions and Guidance. Briefly, the Q&A provides really useful community-specific guidance ...
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Expand the horizontal viewing area of Stack Overflow

The original Stack Overflow question/answer viewing area is too skinny to show the complete code at once, and it doesn't expand with respect to the width of the browser. I'd like to expand the viewing ...
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Old links to answer sort orders became broken after the change to answer sort tabs

I previously posted this as an answer (10k-only) to the announcement Revisiting changes to answer sorting menu: better use of space, moving menu into a dropdown, ascending/descending sort options, ...
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Open SEDE links in a new tab by default

The Stack Exchange Data Explorer has some functionality to generate links. Those links open in the current tab by default, which has one significant disadvantage: when you navigate back, you have to ...
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Enable Launchpad login on other SE sites

My account was created with Launchpad. However, it is only possible to login to SE with Launchpad on Ask Ubuntu. Thus, if I want to login to Meta SE, I must Go to Ask Ubuntu Login with Launchpad Go ...
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Is there any possibility to add a username and password login to my Stack Overflow account? [duplicate]

I read some other answers where they said that if you used Google to create your account, you can only use Google to log in. But there might be instances where we might want to log in on other ...
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Stop tracking users without their consent

Right now, if you visit an SE site the following things happen: two cookies _ga and _gid are saved, those contain unique IDs used for Google Analytics a request is made to www.google-analytics.com ...
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There's not much point in storing users' real names on public Q&A sites now that Stack Overflow Jobs has been discontinued; can it please be removed?

TL;DR: I don't think there's any point in having a field for a user's real name in their public Q&A profile now that the only two real uses for it, for use by Stack Overflow Jobs and Stack ...
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Remove 'show timeline' from the mod menu

With the post timeline now available for everybody via the clock icon under the vote buttons, it can be removed from the mod menu. That list is already quite long, so fewer options is better.
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Make notification and reputation counts bigger again

The top bar's recent problems were mostly fixed, however there's still one thing that bugs me: The number is smaller than before, and harder to read. Compare with how it used to be before the changes:...
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Find a Stack Exchange site faster

This is just a detail but why not suggest an improvement. When I want to go to a given Stack Exchange site I click on the "list bubble" icon top right which results in a menu with a list of ...
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Bump outdated React version code snippet

The Stack Snippet React version is outdated to such an extent that using a CDN link has become mandatory. Stack Snippets provide React 16.6.3 as highest version. However; React 16.6 is a very old ...
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