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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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Don't throw away all votes when a user is deleted

Currently, when a moderator deletes a user all of the user's votes are removed along with the user themselves. I was pretty surprised at this behaviour when I first heard about it, and I don't think ...
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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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Show all of my question/answers to me even if they are deleted

I would really like to see all of my questions and answers on the profile page, even if some of them were deleted, and I don't have enough rep to see them on the site. (Note that some questions are ...
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Can we have the ability to retract a close vote before it closes?

Sometimes you vote to close something and the OP then changes it to fix the issue or issues. You can't take a close vote back though. It would be nice if you could. With the new Duplicate close ...
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Give an incentive for finding duplicate questions [duplicate]

At present if you see a question that may be a duplicate and has an easy answer you can post the answers or post a link to the duplicate question. (Or the few hi-rep users can vote to close it as ...
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Allow an edit to notify downvoters: “I think I've fixed the issue now - please check”

To me, a downvote usually indicates a problem with an answer. When I downvote it's to mark the answer as having a problem, not the person. If the answer is fixed, I want to remove that downvote - but ...
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Is there Markdown to create tables?

It seems like a lot of people try to display tables in Stack Overflow questions, but don't do a very good job. Is there Markdown syntax that supports creating a proper table?
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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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Cancelling upvote on comment?

As mentioned on uservoice: For something that can be done so easily by accident, there should be the ability to undo mistakes. I know that I have clicked several times on a comment up-vote ...
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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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Implement ```-style (fenced) Markdown code blocks

Currently, Stack Exchange’s Markdown parser only allows four-space indents to represent code blocks: // some code // another line of code GitHub Flavored Markdown and other Markdown ...
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Cancel misclicked flags

I'm wondering (since it just happened to me), is it possible to "cancel" ("undo", "delete", "retract", whatever) a flag I just raised if I misclicked it, so the mods won't waste time? I looked ...
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How to avoid “Hot Network Questions” on the sidebar

This may sound like a 'first world problem', but I am quite easily distracted by the 'Hot Network Questions' sidebar, as I find them quite amusing and some of them quite intellectual But where the ...
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Decision on rejected edits should be displayed as a notification to the editor

Update, April 2014: I fully support Shog9's proposal of adding the message where it belongs—in the actual editing form. This is less intrusive than displaying it as a notification, but it serves the ...
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The robo-approvers are killing my will to review edits

Already I have lost all hope of looking at late answers etc. It's just a parade of meh. I can't make any kind of intelligent decision because I can't see the other answers to the question, for ...
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Reward finding duplicate questions - +10, +2, -5

This Meta question: Give an incentive for finding duplicate questions deals with various ways of rewarding the finding of duplicates, a tough and increasingly necessary janitorial task. Here's a ...
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Add data.SE style “magic links” to comments

Ask yourself how many times you typed the following in a Comment: [meta](https://meta.stackexchange.com) Me, personally, I'm sick of it. Can we have some data.stackexchange.com-style "magic links" ...
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Add an “I don't understand” option for review audits

Background This is somewhat specific to Stack Overflow. My concern is the "I understand" button that appears when you fail a Review Audit. I had this experience twice recently (after never having ...
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Add a way for moderators to cast a normal, non binding close/open vote

I think moderators should have the ability to cast a normal, non binding close and open vote like they were a normal user (while of course retaining their ability to cast a binding vote where ...
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Reject an already-approved suggested edit when rolling it back

The content of this post has been sanitized in response to anonymous feedback that the formatting was making it completely unreadable by assistive technology (AT). I strongly value making content ...
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Syntax highlighting language hints [duplicate]

Do you think it would be worthwhile to provide hints as to what language to use for the syntax highlighting? Sometimes I find the highlighting on SQL or VB.NET answers is more distracting than ...
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Send authors an inbox message if their question is put on hold

I think it would really help if you get notified that a question of yours was closed. Especially for the multi-site power user, usually (at least for me) a question is asked and then left alone for ...
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Tab for questions that are labeled with favorite tags

Why don't we have a Tab that shows only questions for our favorite tags, showing recent first? I keep having to scroll down the page to find the questions I'm interested in. It'd be like the ...
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Don't remove the @ part of my comment

Recently I posted a comment on Stack Overflow on an answer by (say) Felix. He replied to the comment, and when replying to him I started my comment with "@Felix". Stack Overflow stripped that ...
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Moderators should be able to manually ban users from suggesting edits

We regularly get flagged about specific users who are submitting a series of really bad edits. Normally, enough rejected edits for these users would trigger a timed edit ban by the system. However, as ...
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Allow downvoting comments

Answers and questions allow both upvoting and downvoting - comments, however, only allow upvoting. I think it would be useful to allow downvoting of comments for two reasons: First, if you ...
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Add optional box for spam flags letting you say why you think it's spam

This came up recently, where a user had taken the time to look at the link on a post and realized that the post wasn't just off-topic, it was actually half-decently-disguised spam. So he flagged it as ...
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Distinguish close votes by reason

Even though a question may be closed by receiving 5 close votes, the votes do not necessarily need to agree. I think this is a good behavior, but recently I voted to close a question for being an ...
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Let's stop displaying a user's accept rate

My feature request (or anti-feature-request perhaps) is the following: Let's stop displaying a user's accept rate. For those of you who know "Fawlty Towers", the whole issue of a visible accept rate ...
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Inline links in comments

Can we please have these? I would like to be able to write something like [Inline Link](http://example.com/) and have it work in a comment instead of "Inline Link - http://example.com/". Case in ...
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Make moderator messages anonymous

Currently, when a moderator messages a user, the user sees which moderator is messaging them. This includes when a moderator issues a timed suspension. Generally, I have no problem with this. ...
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“You have gained power. Here's how to use it.” kind of message

Right now, crossing one of the magical rep borders happens more or less unnoticed. People just gain the particular powers. Now, of course they have eagerly been awaiting this moment, and want to start ...
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Reset votes on migrated questions

All votes should be reset when a question is migrated. That's votes on the question, in both directions, as well as votes on any answer. At the moment, downvotes are cleared from the question. Yes, ...
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A real solution to ambiguous tags

Introduction Even within a site's relatively focused range of topics (it's unlikely anybody on SO will think sun refers to the solar system's star), some tags are inherently ambiguous. There are ...
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LaTeX on Stack Overflow? [closed]

MathOverflow has an awesome engine where you can embed LaTeX in questions, answers, and comments. Can we get something like this going on Stack Overflow? I think it’d be appropriate as I at least ...
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Badge progress reports

Is there a way to view your own progress towards certain badges? For example: Tumbleweed - What value constitutes low views for a week? Fanatic – Is there a way to view how many days in a row you ...
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Build and strengthen the Stack Exchange community with “crossover questions” between sites

I've been a Stack Exchange contributor for a couple of years now, currently most active on travel.SE. One thing that keeps coming up is questions that would appeal to audiences on two different Stack ...
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Mark answer as favorite/star [duplicate]

Often times I am not interested in the question so much as I am the answer. Unfortunately, the only site option for bookmarking an optimal answer is to bookmark the question. This leaves you having to ...
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Please show us when we lose an accepted answer

Sometimes (like today) I see that an answer of mine that had been accepted is no longer the accepted answer. Thing is, I have absolutely no idea which one and I'd really like to see which one to ...
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How about making it possible to set up bounty on someone else's question?

My sad story: few months ago I was looking for a solution to my problem and was about to ask a question on Stack Overflow when I found an already existing question with slightly different wording. ...
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Replace accept rate with citizenship level

I see that accept rate has now been removed from display on questions. I think this is not a great solution for reasons that waffles explained well. Take it away waffles! On one hand accept rate ...
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Increase close vote weight for gold tag badge holders

In order to increase the efficiency with which poor quality questions are closed, it could make sense to have weighted close votes for a small subset of qualified users. A very good way to measure ...
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Why doesn't the Stack Overflow team fix the Firesheep style cookie theft?

Firesheep sniffs the network looking for session id's and makes it very easy for an attacker to hijack this authenticated session. It should be noted that Firesheep is nothing new ; it just makes this ...
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Allow questions to be saved as drafts prior to posting

Many times it takes me a while to properly compose my question before posting. Sometimes it's just a jumble of ideas and concepts, and is not something I'd want seen immediately. However, there is no ...
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BLOCK QUESTIONS IN ALL CAPS

RECENTLY ON THE ANDROID SITE WE GOT THIS QUESTION WRITTEN IN ALL CAPS. THIS WAS SURPRISING TO ME, SINCE I ASSUMED IT WOULD HAVE BEEN CAUGHT BY THE QUALITY FILTER — BESIDES BEING INDICATIVE OF ...
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Ban LMGTFY (let me google that for you) links

I've just asked a question on Stack Overflow which was a prime candidate for googling. I admit it was a poor question and with a little bit of research I would have found the answer. It annoyed me ...
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Add the ability to ignore users

Stack Overflow has successfully borrowed at least one XBox feature (Achievements). I'd like to see another feature borrowed as well. Let's say I'm playing Halo online and another player is being a ...
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Link up the excellent search engine that gives “Questions that may already have an answer” with the search box

The search engine that works behind the scenes to generate the "Questions that may already have your answer" is staggeringly amazing; even this first draft at a not very good title brings up exactly ...
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Shortcut or button for copying posted code from Stack Overflow

I might just be lazy, but do you ever find it tiresome to select all the source code from a large post on Stack Overflow to copy it? I would like a feature, possibly a Firefox extension, but ...
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Introduce a “general reference” close reason

There is a certain amount of questions that are absolutely trivial in nature: How to format a date, how to concatenate a string, et cetera. Questions that could be solved by taking a look into the ...