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Questions tagged [feature-request]

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

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Notifications for edits by others of my own questions and answers?

I'd like to be more aware of when other SOpedians edit my own questions and answers, which is sure to happen because my innate spelling and grammar skills are overloaded by my vocabulary and ...
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Wiki pages on Stack Exchange

Wouldn't it be nice to have a page with just the answer (and maybe the questions) for some topics. The fact that there has been an extensive discussion about a question isn't always relevant to ...
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Bookmark/Mark as unread

In the interest of people using SO as a research resource/tool it would be good to be able to mark questions as "unread" instead of just star them. That way you can work through your list of "unread" ...
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Any way to send a personal message to another user?

There has been quite a few times that I wished I could send a message to another user on SO - not ask a question for everyone to see, but just a short message informing them of something or requesting ...
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Restore the “Hide Ignored Tags” preference to the Interesting Tags box

When the Interesting/Ignored tags feature was first added, the preference to hide questions was in the sidebar. I liked this, since most of the time I don't mind the questions just being greyed out.. ...
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A little less AJAX?

Is all of this k3wl AJAX really needed? What really gets me is comments. Surely, surely, surely, the comment text is small and the show comments could just unhide the HTML, or insert the text from an ...
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Can we get x comment votes per y minutes, rather than one vote per 5 seconds?

I quite often will read a thread of comments, and want to vote up a few of them. I vote one up, read the next few comments, vote up another and get a *giant red box*. I've seen that "You can only ...
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What to do about old orphaned questions?

There are a steadily growing number of questions which have perfectly reasonable answers which appear to have been orphaned in that the original asker is either: No longer using the site No longer ...
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Batch retagging?

What is the recommended way of dealing with retagging many questions? For example, if there are only 6 questions that use the smething when they should be using something, it's easy enough to ...
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Is there any point forcing a post to Community Wiki after 6 owner edits?

Personally I think not. If the concern is spurious bumping then simply stop bumping the post after some arbitrary edit. This site might be part-Wiki, part-Q&A but I think its clear that people ...
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1answer
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We should remove the “Badges” link from here [closed]

Since we don't have badges on this site.
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Reputation for comments?

I have seen many good comments that really improve the quality of questions and answers, and I think they deserve a bit of reputation (maybe just 1 point) for a upvote.
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Answer Ordering

Answers are ordered by up-votes, this is accepted as correct. However, an issue arises when several answers have the same number of up-votes, answers are ordered by creation date, oldest to newest. I ...
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Monitoring Stack Exchange sites of interest to me

Is there a way to subscribe to relevant updates on this site and Stack Overflow and Server Fault (through RSS or something)? Being interested in 3 forums means 3 times as much work to check them. It'...
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Should there be anonymous answers (and questions)?

The question by Joel on Logo got me thinking. This has been raised on user voice, but has been declined. Would someone with lesser rep or a less famous name have received the same number of votes/...
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How about newlines within comments?

I am aware that comments have only a simple field, with no formatting possible and that is fine (if formatting is needed, your comment should actually be an answer!) But I find some comments hard to ...
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Is the taxonomist badge really needed?

From what I have observed it doesn't help identify a user who is any better at asking and answering but instead helps clutter the system with unnecessary alternative names for tags. These extra tags ...
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Would it be helpful to be able to link to specific answers? [duplicate]

I saw a really hilarious (and correct) answer to a question and wanted to link directly to it because of the way answers "float" up and down based on votes. And for me to find the URL I had to go to ...
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Reputation for Badges

Should some badges come with added reputation? For example: Civic Duty gives you +100 reputation. I'm not advocating reputation for every badge just a select few.
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Encouraging people to explain downvotes

I used to get "upset" (though that is too strong a term) when I got downvoted without comment. If my answer isn't good enough then I'd like to know why. Not only does it improve the answer for the OP ...
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How about a “Vote not to close” option to counter the “Vote to close”?

My request is simple: Many times, there will be a question where some people feel like it should be closed. At the same time, I'll feel like it's a perfectly legit question, and it should therefore ...
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Should Combined Flair be offered?

Currently flair is offered on a per site (MSO, SO, SF and in the future SU). Should their be a combined "piece of flair", or even better a simple XML that returns a users flair from all sites so we ...
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Can you bring the color back to meta?

I find the this gray color scheme extremely difficult to read. It's also very hard to tell the difference between questions with answers and without.
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4answers
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Can we transfer questions from SO to meta? [closed]

For example, I have two questions which should be transferred: What would you want to see in a StackOverflow API? Is there a guide to accessing StackOverflow data programmatically? (The latter ...
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Should SO introduce a Re-Bounty feature

I recently created a bounty for a question on Stack Overflow The bounty deadline came and went without a suitable answer (IMO). Because I wasn't happy with any of the answers I didn't accept any. ...
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Find out which question/answer awarded you the badge

With the addition of Recent Activity a while back it became much easier to know what's going on. However, sometimes when a badge is awarded, it's not immediately clear why it happened. I suggest ...
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5answers
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Can I find out which tags I have created?

Can I find out which tags I have created? This would be interesting to know. The tags could be highlighted on the users page for example.
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Should there be additional parallel boards? [closed]

Meta will go a long way to remove such discussion from Stack Overflow proper. A site like fun.stackoverflow.com, or similar, could do likewise -- keep the main board pure, and provide an outlet for ...
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Search for users per (part of) OpenID

Take a look at bbuser. The user has not entered a name in his profile. I don't know where the name bbuser comes from, but I assume it is somehow part of his OpenID. He appears as bbuser in questions, ...
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Should a user have only one account on all SO/ServerFault/Meta sites

I think that each user should have the same user on each of the SO related sites. I'm very active in SO and have some activity in ServerFault and I don't need separate statistics for every site - just ...
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How about a separate private “bounty points” *alongside* your public “reputation points”?

From the very beginning (see here), the idea to have to "pay" with your reputation points to set up a bounty makes me cringe. But "featured question" is obviously a very good idea, and I welcome it. ...
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Should StackOverflow support more than 2 openids per account?

When using Google for your OpenId provider, it generates a different openid url for each website you use with it. This means that for stackoverflow.com, meta.stackoverflow.com, superuser.com and ...
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Script for automated checking of new questions

I'm getting addicted to Stack Overflow. I have the urge, every few minutes, to check for new questions. Is there a script that can do it for me and e-mail me, or maybe pop an alert up on my desktop ...
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6answers
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Image hosting for Stack Overflow answers? [duplicate]

I'm sure this has been asked before but a quick search on Stack Overflow didn't turn up any result. I've put images on my own site for now but it's quite possible I'll restructure or move hosts at ...
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How can I track other comments to an answer which I commented? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Notify user when their name is mentioned in comment I couldn't find a way to do this and manually doing this is not fun. Basically in stackoverflow how can I keep track of ...
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Stack Overflow Widget

I'd love to have a Stack Overflow widget which randomly shows some of the questions being answered since there is a lot of activity on the site and most of it is interesting for beginners. Is there ...
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Would it be useful to be able to vote for Canonical answers? [duplicate]

I've added a suggestion on User Voice to consider the possibility of categorizing up to one answer per question as Canonical — i.e. worthy of being considered the consensus complete and accurate ...
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Is there a web button for Stack Overflow?

I really like Stack Overflow and I want to support it by putting a web button on my blog that links to SO. Has anyone designed one? I tried to design it myself but the text "stackoverflow" didn't fit ...