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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 the related question ...
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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) &...
Robert Cartaino's user avatar
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Can we get a test.stackoverflow.com? [duplicate]

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).
Ladybug Killer's user avatar
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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 ...
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Are we going to be able to easily see the separate up-votes and down-votes on a post? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Show Total Votes (or Up/Down Votes) This has been asked before on UserVoice, but I'll ask it here as well. Currently the "votes" reported against a post are the net votes (up-...
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What to do about rep inflation?

Overall reputation scores are headed nowhere but up. Pretty soon there will be thousands of mods. What to do? Thoughts on possibilities: Thousands of mods is fine. Carry on. Adjust the threshold ...
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Single location for SO/SF/SU user info

With the addition of Server Fault and the future addition of Super User, I can imagine it gets relatively hard to keep track of all that is going on without having three windows open at the same time ...
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Editing based on SO reputation [closed]

I like to edit posts on SO — not for spelling errors or edit wars — especially when I see people struggling with the English language (I'm not a native English speaker either) or being ...
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Could we see a changelog of deployments?

I know there's a SVN Revision Id at the bottom of every page, but I think it'd be nice if we could see a couple short sentences about what went into the deployment. Not changelogs in the commits, but ...
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Filter view to show only interested

I've noticed that do to the high volume of activity on the site it appears as though only questions that were asked or answered in the last ten minutes are appearing on the main page of the site, ...
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How about links from one user's profiles to his/her other SO site profiles?

When surfing on one of the SO sites (SO, SF or Meta, and soon SU), and accessing a user's profile, it would be easier to have links to his/her profile on the other sites. It would: give us a better ...
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Improvements to editor for formatting source code

Does anyone else have problems with the editor? I may be doing something incredibly stupid, but I find that whenever I use tab I tab out of the box. This is obviously irritating if you're trying to ...
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What level of notification should users have for questions they posted answers to (or left comments on)?

Currently, the UserVoice entry "Notify comments for comments" has 69 votes and is ranked 14th. It calls for notifying users whenever comments are added to answers they left comments on. I would like ...
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Other language localization

Many "beginner" developers would like SO in other languages (German, French, Spanish). Will this be possible someday?
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Scores on tag specific badges

Here I have two suggestions on tag specific badges, To get tag specific badges you should get 400 or 1000 upvote on a specific tag. You can see how much score you did on a tag when you click on a tag,...
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Should we be allowed to edit comments?

I am a horrendous speller, and my mild dyslexia does not help. Sometimes I typo in my comments, I look at it a few days later and see something that screams to be fixed. But to fix it I would have ...
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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 ...
Jonathan Parker's user avatar
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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" ...
Jonathan Parker's user avatar
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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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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 ...
Richard Stelling's user avatar
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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 UserVoice, 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 ...
Tim Matthews's user avatar
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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.
Richard Stelling's user avatar
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Encouraging people to explain downvotes

Note: If you're looking for a simple explanation as to why comments aren't required on downvotes, see Why isn't providing feedback mandatory on downvotes, and why are ideas suggesting such ...
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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 ...
Richard Stelling's user avatar
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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.
Igal Tabachnik's user avatar
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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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