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Create a tag homepage/FAQ

Create or allow for a community-wiki editable home page per tag. One where we could place essentially the tag-specific FAQ and other tag-specific links. Imported from uservoice
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Add markdown support for hidden-until-you-click text (aka spoilers)

Use cases: Programming puzzles. This way the answer can be posted the same time as the question, eliminating doubt that no answer is possible for hard questions and proving that the question is not a ...
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Display the original question beneath the answer edit form

Often when I edit one of my answers, it's because I want to better address the original question. The only problem is that I can't see the original question while I'm editing my answer! I'd love to ...
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Filter “My Tags” questions using “Interesting Tags”

It's confusing to me that the "My Tags" tab of the Unanswered questions page doesn't use my "Interesting Tags". Instead, it appears to use the 25 most overall popular tags that were on any question I ...
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Bounty Hunter badges

I suggest two new badges: Greedo - first bounty earned (bronze) Boba Fett - earned 2000 rep through bounty (silver) Imported from Uservoice ticket, "Bounty hunter badges", originally posted by Jon ...
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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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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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To give each edit own version history [closed]

I read VonC's answer to my question right from its publication. He edited his answer about 5 minutes after his first edit. The version control system makes it very hard to see what has been changed ...
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Can we enable syntax highlighting for code in comments?

There is no syntax highlighting nor any ways to emphasize code written in comments. I have noticed that this is one of the key factors leading users to misunderstand one another. I use the backticks ...
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Move the remove tag “X” icon inside the tag in interesting/ignored tags

Currently, the list of tags in "ignored tags" and "interesting tags" has a little "remove tag" icon to the right of each tag. However, since this icon is not inside the div containing the tag, it can ...
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Additional search features/syntax?

It would be nice to have more advanced search features, things that Google cannot easily or reliably provide. Some ideas based on "Ability to search my stuff?": [user:dbr] to find my posts (...
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Make recent activity and responses show new comments on questions/answers I have commented on (even if I don't own them)

I'd like the recent activity and responses pages to show new comments on questions/answers I have commented on (even if I don't own them). If I leave a comment somewhere, I am implicitly engaging in ...
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User-Specific CSS

It would be nice if users could add their own styles to the CSS-Rules on SO. This is nothing more than a textarea in the user preferences that takes precedence over the default styles. Users could ...
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Unable to find my questions without an accepted answer effectively

I have asked many questions on SO. There are about 30 tabs I have to scroll through to find question for which I have not yet accepted an answer. Some questions of mine are long-term projects. They ...
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Add support for abbr tag

The <abbr> tag is useful to clarify abbreviations without hunting down external links for them. Migrating this from: http://stackoverflow.uservoice.com/pages/1722-general/suggestions/118664-add-...
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Archival facilities for fan-out material

Often I post messages with many links to external resources that will probably go stale over time. A facility to generate a permalink to (say) archive.org or a mirroring facility might be helpful to ...
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Implement Ratios For Moderation Abilities

This was something that was discussed briefly on UserVoice in the past but I feel that this should be another good avenue for it's discussion. What we have seen recently is an influx of users gaining ...
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Can we add Possible Duplicates even after a question is closed? [duplicate]

I think it would help to make sure that the possible duplicates link to all older duplicate questions, even if everyone who voted to close picked the same one or two questions. However, I'm not sure ...
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Filter users by country

This was talked about a few podcasts ago. And they referenced some other site that does this. Currently location is a string but adding a country dropdown (and for the usa a state drop down) could be ...
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SO local user groups

Many of SO user would like meet people from SO in the real world (outside matrix). For this it would be great, if SO have some function for creating user groups (strictly moderated). It's possible? ...
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Tags on answers

Sometimes an answer is very detailed and expands on the question. It would be good at this point to have separate tags for that answer. Maybe just 2 (giving a total of 7 when combined with the ...
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Should all links to meta.* be “nofollow”

Does the community want meta.* to be listed on Google and other search engines? Surely it would be confusing to noobs - they would find this site that kind of talks about programming, but not really....
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Advanced Syntax Ideas

The one useful thing I was ever taught in HCI was always give advanced users "hidden" short cuts and features. Things a noob is not interested in but a power user can easily take advantage ...
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Possibility to order favourites by “most recently changed”

Until April 2009 "most recently changed" was the default (and only) way favourites were ordered; then it was changed so that you can sort them by views/newest/votes. I have some 170 questions ...
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Possibility to delete our account [duplicate]

Many problems arise with Google's OpenID implementation (now deleted: accounts doubled, fake Google ID account, ...), asides with all the obvious privacy concerns (although quite opposed to security ...
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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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Harmonizing user ids among the sites?

Specifically stackoverflow and serverfault. Is that possible? It sure would be convenient for scripting purposes.
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Ability to search my stuff?

There's currently no good way of searching through my questions or answers.. This wasn't really a problem until the questions/answers were paginated, as I could quickly scan through or ctrl+f the ...
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Require reason for post deletion and un-deletion?

Could we have a method of explaining why we think a question or answer should be deleted? It could work identically to closing a question, maybe with an additional text-input box (like the "Requires ...
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Show all voted close types when a question is closed [duplicate]

Currently it shows like this (a recent example) closed as "not programming related" by RSolberg, Tim J, Rob Kennedy, Paul Alexander, Michael Petrotta an hour ago How about it would show like this. ...
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Stack Overflow tutorials/papers

Should Stack Overflow be expanded to include user-submitted papers and articles, which can then rake in higher scores based upon the quality of their work? Authors of tutorials/papers could be granted ...
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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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Can we have 50 users per page?

I've never understood why we have 5 columns of 7 rows per user page. 35 is an unusual number for this kind of thing. There certainly is no lack of room. Users is one of the shorter pages. Why not ...
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admin tool to see tags assigned to at least one question but fewer than X questions

The interface should be similar to the new tags interface. This would help 10k users find things that have been assigned to misspelt, but not new, tags.
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Mobile optimized version of Stack Overflow [duplicate]

I found this one on UserVoice, and I thought it was fitting to bring it up here for further discussion. "Stack Overflow already works with Mobile Safari, but the experience is far from optimum. ...
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A “friends list” on Stack Overflow would be nice

I think it would be nice to have a "friends list" on Stack Overflow. This would allow us to be able to follow the questions and answers that are posted by users that we want to watch/monitor. I ...
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Make the search box return results from all StackOverflowian sites?

There should be an easy way to search Server Fault from Stack Overflow (and the others) The easiest thing would be to add a "Try searching Server Fault" link next to the "Alternately, try your search ...
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Consecutive Day Count in profile

In the comments to Enthusiast and Fanatic Badge on the blog, a comment was added that a nice feature would be adding the number of consecutive days you've visited to the site to the user's profile. I’...
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Ability to change close reason before it gets closed

Was voting to close a question as 'Not a real question', but my mouse slipped to 'Blatantly Offensive'. Would it be possible to have some means of changing my close reason, before it gets closed?
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Easy Navigation Between Stackoverflow Family-Sites

Just accidentally discovered MetaSOFlow today - wouldn't it be wise to create a header listing all of SOFlow's sister sites at the top of each site to allow for better discovery? Update: I've created ...
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feedback.stackoverflow.com should also point to meta.stackoverflow.com

"meta" makes sense as url for general discussion about the site and engine, but not as the primary mechanism for feedback, bug reports, or feature requests. With that in mind, feedback....
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I want to see who marked my questions as favorites

Favorite data is not exactly confidential; I can go to a user's profile and see everything they have as a favorite. Why isn't there an easy way to see who marked my questions as favorite?
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Show Total Votes (or Up/Down Votes)

When viewing any question, it would be nice to see the total number of votes as a little tagline underneath the total vote score. It would be nice to see the difference between: +0 (0 votes) &...
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Can we get a test.stackoverflow.com?

Or better yet: xyzzy.stackoverflow.com to test against? ETA: sandbox.stackoverflow.com is a much better name, and better encapsulates my idea. Thanks dbr.
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Alerts are annoying

I'm sorry if I'm the only one who thinks this, but I think the "alert bar" (or whatever it's called - the orange bar that has badge notifications, etc.) on the top of the website is really annoying, ...
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Can we get rid of the threshold of 15 chars for comments?

I understand that there is an upper limit. But why do you have to type at least 15 characters to post a comment? It is easy to work around it anyway (like adding dots or other useless things).
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Accepting an answer should automatically upvote it as well

Is there ever a case where you would want to accept an answer, but not upvote it? I can't think of a single situation where this would be the case.. So would it not make sense to have the "Accept" ...
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Is there a way to get an RSS feed of all new questions?

I'm only interested in receiving new questions, and receiving each question once (for example, I don't care if it gets answers or comments - I don't want a question showing up in the feed more than ...
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RSS feed for my “Recent Activity” page?

Something I've wanted since the day the "Responses" tab was added: An RSS feed for replies to my questions/answers.. There's feeds for about everything else, but not this.. The obvious problem is ...
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Can we have a books.stackoverflow.com? [closed]

Instead of "question", we would have "book" and instead of "answer", we would have "review". There might even be a way for Jeff and Joel to hook into Amazon so if someone uses books.stackoverflow.com ...